Hello and welcome to tonight’s coverage as Villa look for back-to-back victories in the Premier League and their third on the spin at Villa Park.
In front of Dean Smith’s men will be a West Ham side who have taken 12 points from a possible 15 since the start of the year with their only setback coming last weekend when Liverpool beat them 3-1.
NAME: Aston Villa – West Ham United
DATE: 3 Feb 2021
TIME: 20:15 UTC
VENUE: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
In the reverse fixture back in November, it was Villa who were unlucky to have came away from the London Stadium with nothing after conceding two soft goals at the beginning of both halves. Ollie Watkins missed a penalty while he had a goal chalked off at the death after a controversial VAR decision.
Villa could leapfrog their opponents into fifth should they be victorious this evening while the likes of Emi Martinez and Tyrone Mings will be hoping to help bag Villa’s 11th clean sheet of the campaign.
Stay with us for all of the pre-game build-up, confirmed team news, kick-by-kick commentary, action, analysis, player ratings and post-match reaction. Villa club writer Ashley Preece will be locked in and locked on from inside the Trinity Road Stand.
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Aston Villa on TV – Here’s everything you need to know as Dean Smith welcomes David Moyes’ West Ham to B6 on Wednesday evening as Villa eye three wins on the spin at Villa Park
Aston Villa and West Ham United go head-to-head on Wednesday aiming to boost their respective chances of a top four finish in the Premier League.
Villa head into the game ninth in the table, three points behind the Hammers who are currently fifth.
Manager Dean Smith has no fresh injury concerns, with Kortney Hause and Wesley the only notable absentees at the moment.
New signing Morgan Sanson could make his debut, having been an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory at Southampton on Saturday.
The visitors may also have a debutant, with Jesse Lingard expected to feature in the squad after joining on loan from Manchester United.
Hammers’ boss David Moyes has confirmed that Lingard’s fitness is fine and he may be tempted to throw him in from the start.
Manuel Lanzini will also be hoping to return to the line-up having been an unused substitute in the last two games.
West Ham produced a poor performance in their last outing against Liverpool and will need to step things up if they are to take something from Villa Park.
They have triumphed on just one of their last 10 visits to Villa and the home side are fancied to grab a narrow victory on Wednesday.
Smith will hold his pre-match press conference tomorrow (Tuesday) and should provide an update on Kortney Hause (foot). Wesley (knee) remains sidelined as he bids to improve his fitness ahead of his long-awaited return.
Villa did have Jack Grealish and Matt Targett living dangerously on four bookings ahead of reaching the five-card threshold but the card count for everyone has reset for the remaining 19 fixtures.
In terms of West Ham, the Hammers have a clean bill of health other than Arthur Masuaku (knee) and goalkeeper Darren Randolph (knock). West Ham will have new loan signing Jesse Lingard available to make his debut.
Predicted starting line-ups:
Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins.
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Lanzini, Benrahma, Lingard, Antonio
What’s the form?
Villa will be bouncing into this one after that 1-0 win at Southampton. Smith’s men played well at Burnley previous to that but came home with nothing. Villa have taken six points from 15 available in 2021.
On that final day of last season, during a relegation-deciding clash, nobody could have predicted that less than a year later, a Premier League encounter between Aston Villa and West Ham would’ve been a battle for European football.
Villa sit ninth in the table with two games in hand on many sides above them, West Ham being one of them, in fifth, just three points above Villa.
The pair meet again in this midweek round of Premier League fixtures knowing that every point is precious in such a tightly-congested top half picture.
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West Ham’s four-game winning streak was ended by Liverpool at the weekend but their ambitions will be unshaken following such a good 2020/21 so far.
Villa beat Southampton on the road in a solid victory for Dean Smith’s men as they gear up for several big encounters with top-half units.
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