With Aston Villa registering a home win versus Everton prior to the international break, they will once again look to get all three points as West Ham looks to play them at home.
As Aston Villa having a solitary win in the four games played so far, they find themselves at the 18th spot above Wolves and Watford. who are at the bottom.
The Hammers, on the other end, would be pleased with how they’ve started their respective league campaign with wins coming against Norwich and (2-0) and Watford (3-1), a defeat by the hands of Manchester City (5-0), and a draw versus Brighton (1-1). West Ham currently fills the 9th spot with seven points on the table.
Date- September 17, 2019
Time of Kick-Off- 12:30 am (IST)
Venue: Villa Park
Aston Villa Team News:
The Villians will be without the services of Trezeguet due to him being given a red card while facing Crystal Palace.
Jonathan Kodija has recently sustained a fractured cheekbone which now puts him out of contention.
James Chester and Matt Targett are currently training with the squad but their availability versus West Ham is highly unlikely as they’re yet to be declared fully fit.
West Ham Team News:
Michael Antonio seems to be the only player for Manuel Pellegrini after suffering a hamstring injury during a game against Newport in the Carabao Cup and is expected to be on the sidelines till Christmas.
Aston Villa vs West Ham | Predicted Lineups:
Aston Villa: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Mcginn, Luiz, Grealish, Jota, Wesley, El Ghazi
West Ham: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masauku, Yarmolenko, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller
In the last six encounters between the two clubs, West Ham has secured three wins versus Villa, with the Villians winning just a solitary game in that time frame, while two games ended in a draw.
Nevertheless, Aston Villa does enjoy playing at home with West Ham and has lost just two of their last `18 home games against them. Eight wins and eight draws in totality.
Under the managerial leadership of Dean Smith, Aston Villa has kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 games in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham is functioning as a unit as they’ve now registered their best ever Premier League start since 2012-13 season.
West Ham has won five of their last seven league games, while also remaining unbeaten in four away games with three wins a draw.
Though West Ham might be high in form, the international break might have come at the right time for Aston Villa as that would have slowed down the momentum.
Keeping that in mind, Dean Smith would want his side to start fresh while comprehending the fact that they’ve had the upper hand versus the Hammers whenever they’ve visited Villa Park.
French centre-forward, Sebastian Haller will once again be up for the task for West Ham as he’s now scored three goals in three appearances so far.
For Aston Villa, the captain, John McGinn has led by example with a goal and an assist in three games and two-player of the match awards in the process while taking care of the midfield.
As West Ham floats with form, Aston Villa’s resilience at home might be hard to beat, so a possible draw is would be a likely result.
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