• The Title Showdown

    No doubt this week will feel like an eternity as we wait for the final round of matches to be played before we find out who will be crowned as the best team in the Championship this season.

    While we wait, all we can do is rack our brains trying to predict which team looks the most likely to be adding Silvo Polish to their shopping list next Sunday.

    Albion face an Aston Villa side on an impressive run of form at home:
    P6 W5 D0 L1 F9 A3 Pts15 (W W W W L W)

    They've kept 6 clean sheets in their last 7 matches at Villa Park - maybe Colin Calderwood is finally having an effect on shoring up the Villa defence.

    Albion's away form is a little less consistent, having failed to find the net in each of the three recent defeats on the road:
    P6 W3 D0 L3 F6 A8 Pts9 (L W L W W L)

    Albion have also never won at Villa Park in 10 visit: P10 W0 D2 L8 F8 A23

    Meanwhile, over at St. James' Park, Newcastle with the 7th best home record in the Championship face Barnsley with the 7th best away record.

    Newcastle have slipped on their share of banana skins at home this season, having fallen to defeat against Huddersfield, Wolves, Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday & Fulham, whilst they have drawn with lowly QPR & Bristol City, as well as conceding a late equaliser recently against Leeds.

    Newcastle's home form:
    P6 W3 D2 L1 F11 A8 Pts11 (D L W W D W)

    Barnsley's away form:
    P6 W1 D0 L5 F8 A12 Pts3 (L L L W L L)

    Despite Barnsley's current form there is optimism that the Magpies could slip up against their underdog opponents should the Albion fail to break their Villa Park duck. However, if Newcastle draw with Barnsley, then Brighton would need to match that draw*, otherwise we would once again miss out on goal difference, albeit in a much less important scenario.

    *Brighton haven't drawn for 14 matches & Villa have just 1 draw in their last 18

    If you're a betting person, you'll likely be backing Newcastle, but Albion have managed to break some away ground hoodoos this season:

    First ever win at Hillsborough at the 18th attempt
    First win at Oakwell for 26 years (only 4 games)
    First win at Loftus Road for 60 years
    First win at Molineux for 26 years

    Whatever happens next Sunday, we've all thoroughly enjoyed a memorable season & everyone associated with the club can relax & enjoy the summer with their head's held high and start to dream about what next season will serve up.

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