Aston Villa take on West Ham Monday evening which is also the SkySports Main Event. Aston Villa will be hoping to forget about the very controversial manner in which they lost to Crystal Palace, where the Premier League officially apologised for ruling out a late equaliser. West Ham on the other hand return from the international break hoping to make it 4 wins on the bounce.
Villa Park will be bouncing in what promises to be a very cagey affair that promises goals. Over 2.5 goals is very well priced at 4/6 as we expect either team will nick this match 2-1. The pressure is definitely on Aston Villa here to pick up the points, they currently sit in the relegation zone and have found their return to Premier League life difficult. West Ham currently sit in the top half of the table with tonight's game in hand.
Aston Villa have a few injury concerns ahead of the game. Long term absentee James Chester is still unavailable for selection, as is Johnathon Kodjia who broke his cheek bone in training, and new signing Trezeguet who has started the campaign positively. Another new signing who is still sidelined is Matt Targett who they signed from Southampton for £15m. That means it's likely that Neil Taylor will once again be called upon to fill in at left back.
West Ham have no new injury concerns, with Antonio and Reid unavailable for selection.
West Ham will fancy themselves tonight, Aston Villa's back 4 have struggled to gel so far and they have conceded an average of 20 shots on their goal per game. Therefore both teams to score looks a likely outcome but is priced at 4/9.
Aston Villa's Wesley got off the mark in their last home game against Everton in which they won 2-0, slightly against the run of play. John McGinn and Jack Grealish are the leagues most fouled players despite only playing 4 games. Aston Villa will offer a lot of attacking threat with the crowd behind them. West Ham however have scored in 8 of their last 9 Premier League games, and will be relishing playing against a cagey Aston Villa back four who are conceding so many shots.
Aston Villa v West Ham Pre-Match Statistics
Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 18 home league games against West Ham.
West Ham are looking to secure back-to-back league victories against Aston Villa for the first time since January 2006.
Aston Villa have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games on a Monday (D5 L10).
Aston Villa have lost 15 of their last 17 Premier League matches (W1 D1 L15).
The two most-fouled players in the Premier League this season are Aston Villa midfielders John McGinn (15) & Jack Grealish (13).
In all competitions, Aston Villa have won seven of their last nine home games (W7 D0 L2), having won just six of their previous 20 at Villa Park (W6 D10 L4).
West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has created 14 chances for his team-mates in the Premier League this season – only Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne (16) has created more.
We are tipping Aston Villa to win the game 2-1.
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