West Brom: Premier League declines request to advance Aston Villa match

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Sam Allardyce remains FUMING after Premier League rejected West Brom’s request to bring Aston Villa game forward this weekend – despite support from rival boss Dean Smith

  • West Brom’s bid to change their game against Aston Villa has been blocked
  • Sam Allardyce was keen to keep the recent momentum after two consecutive wins
  • Premier League declined the request because the TV slots are set in stone

West Brom’s bid to switch games against Aston Villa has been blocked by the Premier League due to their commitment to broadcast every game on television this season.

Albion boss Sam Allardyce wanted to bring the clash at Villa Park – scheduled for April 25 – to this weekend, as neither club has a fixed value. Allardyce was keen to maintain Albion’s recent momentum after two consecutive wins, and Villa had no objection to the change.

After his side won 3-0 against Southampton on Monday, Allardyce revealed the idea had been thrown out by the Premier League. Sportsmail understands that the governing body did not want to do this because the television slots were already set in stone for the weekend and could not be adjusted.

Sam Allardyce was keen to maintain West Brom’s recent momentum after two consecutive wins

The League is also thought to be concerned about the precedent set by moving a match, simply because of the preference of the clubs involved.

Allardyce did not want a weekend off, fearing Albion will lose further ground to their rivals in order to survive. His team is already eight points behind in terms of safety and Newcastle, Burnley and Brighton all have matches for West Brom’s next game, next Thursday in Leicester.

Allardyce said: ‘We have reduced the difference to eight (points), but the games are running out and we have no game this weekend.

West Brom and Aston Villa wanted to bring the game forward because they have a weekend off

West Brom and Aston Villa wanted to bring the game forward because they have a weekend off

Dean Smith and I (the Aston Villa boss) wanted to play the Villa game this weekend, but for some bizarre, unearthly reason it’s not allowed.

‘We have to sit and hope. Instead of putting pressure on the teams above us, we have to wait until the following Thursday when we play against Leicester and that’s wrong. ‘

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