Sam Allardyce has confirmed that West Brom and Aston Villa asked the Premier League to play their fixture this weekend.
Both clubs are without a fixture until next week with their expected opponents playing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Premier League rejected that proposal, and the game will be played as normal next week on the Sunday at Villa Park.
The Baggies boss shared the proposal that was discussed with Dean Smith, and it has been shared by the Birmingham Mail on Friday.
“Sam Allardyce has revealed that West Brom and Aston Villa approached the Premier League about the possibility of playing each other this weekend – but the local derby remains scheduled for the following Sunday evening,” they wrote.
“Frustratingly for the Albion boss – his side will head to Villa Park, as planned, on Sunday 25 April.”
What’s the problem?
There was no need for the Premier League to reject this proposal, it makes complete sense for this game to be played this weekend.
The Baggies play on Thursday, and Villa entertain Manchester City on Wednesday evening, meaning that they both still technically have fixtures next week.
Playing this weekend would also allow Villa to catch up with their games-in-hand, so there aren’t many reasons we can think of as to why this was rejected.
This could benefit the Albion though, as their rivals now have to get through the best team in the Premier League before this meeting; fingers crossed this helps.