Villa Park is the venue for a thrilling Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, as 5th placed Aston Villa are set to host 7th placed West Ham, in a game which kicks off at 4:30.
The hosts have had a remarkable start to their campaign and are just one point below the Champions League places, having amassed 16 points from their opening 8 league games. This comes following five wins, one draw and two defeats.
Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in their last four league outings and have recorded some eye-catching victories. Most notably, the Villains recorded a 6-1 victory over Brighton who were in a rich vein of form heading into the game.
In their last league outing, Villa were held to a point as they travelled to The Molineux Stadium. Wolves took the lead in the 53rd minute through Hee-Chan Hwang, however, Villa equalised just two minutes later through Pau Torres, who headed home from a corner kick.
It was Wolves who had the better of the chances towards the end of the game, with Emiliano Martinez having to make a vital save in the dying moments of extra-time. Overall, Unai Emery was happy to take a point from the game to extend Villa’s unbeaten run to five in all competitions.
Similarly to Villa, West Ham have made a better than expected start to their season and find themselves in 7th in the league table, having gained 14 points from their opening 8 matches. A win this weekend would see the Hammers leap above Villa in the table and could see them end the weekend in 5th place.
David Moyes’ side are unbeaten in their last four competitive matches, having recorded wins in the Europa league, EFL cup and the Premier League.
In their last league outing, West Ham and Newcastle played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the London Stadium. The game looked to be heading the way of Newcastle as they led 2-1 heading into the final 5 minutes however, the Hammers equalised in the 89th minute through Mohammed Kudus, who rifled home a shot from 20 yards out.
The fixture of Aston Villa vs West Ham has a long and storied history, with the two sides first meeting in 1913, a game in which Villa won 5-0. Overall, these sides have met on 118 occasions, with Villa winning 38, there being 35 draws and West Ham winning 45.
West Ham have dominated this fixture’s recent history and are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings between the sides, a run which stretches back until 2015.
The two sides played out a score draw when they last met in last season’s edition of the premier league. Villa took the lead in the 17th minute through Ollie Watkins, who headed in from a corner kick.
However, West Ham equalised in the 26th minute through Said Benrahma, who finished well from close range after being set up by Lucas Paqueta. The game remained goalless for the rest of the match.
We are backing West Ham to win and Jarrod Bowen to score because of West Ham's historical domination of this fixture, paired with their impressive form heading into this match.