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Dean Smith shares memories of derby fixture as Aston Villa prepare for West Brom test



Arguably the standout Championship game of the weekend comes at The Hawthorns tonight as West Brom host in-form Aston Villa.

Not only are the two sides competing for promotion but the fixture between the Championship’s top scorers will also have an edge as it’s a West Midlands derby.

Whilst Birmingham may be the big game for Villa and Wolves to Albion fans, it’s fair to say these two clubs do have a big rivalry.

And, Villa boss Dean Smith, a boyhood fan of the team he now manages, has been reflecting on the importance of this game when speaking to the Express & Star.

I was brought up, supporting Villa in the 80s, where Albion v Villa was a big game.

It’s not been so big over the past few years because of the re-emergence of Villa v Blues, but there have been some really good games – certainly when Ron Atkinson was in charge of West Brom and they were doing really well.”

Smith’s men will be searching for a fifth win in six games when they make the short trip to the Baggies tonight and they know a victory will move them into the play-off spots and just one point behind their rivals.

The Verdict

This is a massive game to both clubs tonight and not just because it’s a local derby.

As Smith says, there is a long history between the two sides and that will ensure that there is a real edge and passion to the game.

His focus though will be on the team as they look to maintain this remarkable recent run.

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