West Ham vs Aston Villa Predictions and Betting Tips
West Ham and Aston Villa clash in this week's final action in the English top-flight. Both sides, in 8th and 7th respectively will be keen on remaining in close proximity with the European spots. Read on for our expert's take on this highly-anticipated encounter.
Both sides played out stalemates in both legs last season season, with just two goals scored across both games. West Ham, unbeaten in four Premier League games against Villa, will certainly be very confident heading into his game.
Back-to-Back wins for Moyes' troops
West Ham managed to string two wins together for the second time this season with 1-0 wins at either side of the international break. The absence of Michail Antonio hasn't been felt that much given Haller's returned to the fold. The Ivorian target-man netted a cracker in their most recent game against Sheffield United- his first goal since September last year. Can they manage three on the bounce in the Premier League for the first time since the tail-end of 18/19 season?
Villans decent record away from home
It seems Aston Villa feel a lot more comfortable playing away than on home soil taking into account their home record. The Villans have played three games away from home this season, winning all three, scoring seven and conceding none in the process. What's more, two of those games were against Leicester and Arsenal. It hasn't been the same for them at Villa Park as they lost their third in five home game last weekend against Brighton.
West Ham vs Aston Villa Team News
Yarmolenko is unavailable for this tie as the Ukrainian is in self-isolation after contacting the coronavirus. Antonio is nearing his return and could feature from the bench. With regards to the away side, Barkley is the only major injury casualty
West Ham possible starting XI:
Fabianski; Cresswel, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku; Fornals, Bowen, Haller
Aston Villa possible starting XI:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Grealish, Trezeguet; Watkins
Aston Villa head into this game with a 100% record away from home in the league. West Ham, on the other hand, has managed to pick up a couple of points against top teams, losing just one of their last seven games. This certainly does make it a close call. As such, we would be sitting on the fence for this one with a 1-1 draw.