Aston Villa is hosting West Bromwich Albion in English Premier League action on Wednesday. West Brom manager Pepe Mel is getting his first taste of an English local derby.
“It could be harder for us, preparing to face a team with a new manager,” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said, via ESPN FC. ”Regardless of who is in charge, though, a derby game will take care of itself and the atmosphere will lift everybody. It doesn’t matter who is in the technical area.
“In a derby game anything can happen. It doesn’t matter who is on form or who is not. I think I said that the last time we played them. We’ve got a lot of confidence at the minute from our draw at Liverpool the other week and that’s evident.
“The atmosphere won’t need lifting. It will be there anyway. We’ll have the majority of the crowd on our side this time and they’ll get right behind us, I’ve got no doubt about that.”
Date: January 29
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Birmingham, England
Stadium: Villa Park
TV Info: Premier League Extra Time*
Online Radio Stream: Talk Sport Radio
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
* - What is Premier League Extra Time?
Basically, it is a bonus package for overflow games that can’t be shown, due to the amount of games in a particular time slot.
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