English Premier League | West Ham vs Aston Villa: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Villa Not the Underdog


Although both of those aims remain possible, West Ham are now out of the FA Cup, behind in their Europa League tie with Sevilla and three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal having played three games more than the Gunners.


Moyes will insist that his Hammers side will continue to take every match in isolation, but they desperately require a response against an in-form Villa side at the weekend. West Ham’s losing streak should not particularly come as a surprise with each of their three wins from 10 matches coming by the narrowest of margins.


On a more positive note, West Ham have taken seven points from their last three games at the London Stadium, their most recent victory coming by a 1-0 scoreline against Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 27.


Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton and Leeds United have been dispatched with minimal fuss, Philippe Coutinho receiving most of the plaudits with his performances in the final third. The Barcelona loanee now has four goals and three assists from his eight Premier League outings, but manager Steven Gerrard will be equally impressed with his backline.


Three clean sheets have been recorded in succession, and it has contributed to Villa moving into the conversation for the European places given their game in hand on West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the reverse fixture back on October 31, Villa succumbed by a 4-1 scoreline, a result which led to Dean Smith being removed from his role in the dugout a week later.

DPP Verdict

Despite West Ham sitting higher in the table, there is an argument that Villa are the marginal favourites ahead of this contest. Nevertheless, West Ham have been playing well without converting their chances, and if everything comes together at the weekend, we can see an entertaining draw being played out in the capital.