Villa Park - Premier League
This claret and blue rivalry resumes with Aston Villa back in the Premier League this season, and the Villans have home advantage as they take on West Hame United this weekend. The Hammers are on a good run at the moment, while Villa are looking to bounce back from a defeat just before the international break.
West Ham won the last competitive meeting between the teams 2-0 in 2016, following a 1-1 draw at Villa Park earlier in the season, with Villa relegated at the end of the campaign. The teams were well matched in the three years before that, with two wins apiece and two draws.
Jonathan Kodjia has been nearing a return to action from injury, and could be set to play in this game after stepping up his training programme. Trezeguet is suspended following a red card against Crystal Palace though, while Matt Targett and James Chester are both struggling to make it.
Winston Reid is also getting close to a return, after a long road back from a serious knee injury. The centre back could be available in a couple of weeks, while Michail Antonio is out after pulling his hamstring in West Ham’s League Cup tie away to Newport County a couple of weeks ago.
Aston Villa v West Ham Preview and Predictions
After three defeats in four matches on their return to the big time, Aston Villa could really use a positive result in this Monday night fixture. West Ham are going to be a tough opponent though, as they look to make it four successive wins in all competitions.
The Hammers have only lost to Premier League champions Manchester City so far this season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have recovered from that demoralising 5-0 home defeat to get a draw away to Brighton, followed by wins against Watford, Norwich City and Newport County in the cup.
Villa meanwhile have lost to Tottenham, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in the league, with their sole victory coming against Everton in their last home game. Dean Smith’s side have played some decent stuff though, and have been unlucky on occasion. They need to start turning those performances into points, however.
The home team are 6/4 to do just that by picking up the win in this one. With West Ham at 8/5, the bookmakers are predicting this to be a close encounter. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s available at 13/5 in the latest betting odds.
Both teams to score at 8/15
Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Palace was the first time they’ve failed to score this season, after rattling in six away to Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup, while West Ham have been on target in every game since their heavy defeat to Man City.
Score draw at 10/3
With this game expected to be a close one, and both teams in decent scoring form, this bet could be the way to go for this Monday night fixture under the lights and in front of the TV cameras.