West Brom head coach Darren Moore has admitted that there is a greater sense of ‘excitement’ about his side’s clash against Aston Villa this evening.
Moore’s side go head to head against Midlands rivals Villa, the two clubs’ first meeting in the Championship since either side were relegated from the Premier League.
Four points separate the two sides in the league, and Moore insists that the impressive form of the two clubs has added another layer of excitement to the derby fixture.
“There’s a tinge more excitement around this game than normal because of where the two teams are in the league and the recent form both sides have been showing.’’ Moore told wba.co.uk.
“It’s a pulsating local derby and it’s a game where you’ll see a high level of commitment, desire, determination and a willingness, not just on the football pitch, but in the stands as well.
“The supporters will be in full voice cheering the team on. I’m hearing it’s going to be a sell-out crowd so credit to all the supporters – they’ll come there in full voice and get behind the boys.”
Villa have picked up momentum in the league in their last few fixtures under Dean Smith and will be hoping to extend that into tonight’s fixture, when they travel to the Hawthorns for an 8pm kick off this evening.