Aston Villa has a golden chance to move to fifth on the Premier League standings as they welcome home West Ham. The match schedules for Wednesday at Villa Park, with a kickoff at 11:15 pm.
Hammers make their trip to Villa Park, knowing well a win this trip could solidify their stance on the contention of a Champions League spot. On the other hand, Villa has two games in hand, while knowing two wins could put them in contention for the top four.
Dean Smith was frustrated as Villa let a two-goal lead fall through as the side came to a 3-2 defeat at Burnley last week. The loss was a major loss to their hopes of ending their campaign in the top seven.
However, the West Midlands outfit battled out a 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday night, leaving the side seven points off top four with two matches in hand. Smith will be more at ease if the side has more points in their hands, especially with teams around them battling for consistency.
Villa’s home record has been improving in recent weeks, with seven points collected from games against Burnley, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United.
David Moyes was disappointed as the side fell for three goals in the second half against Liverpool last weekend. However, it will come as more motivation and act as a minor blip in their resurgence.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham Head to Head
Both sides have 20 games against each other, with Aston Villa taking home seven wins while West Ham with five wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa
Burnley 3-2 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
Man City 2-0 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham
West Ham 4-0 Doncaster Rovers
West Ham 2-1 West Brom
Ham 1-0 Burnley
Aston Villa Team News
Deam Smith looks more likely to stick to the same starting XI that got the job done at Southampton last weekend with Barkley coming into the fold. New signing Morgan Sanson could start on the substitute’s bench.
West Ham Team News
Moyes might decide to hand Jess Lingard his first match after a loan move from Manchester United. The Scot will continue assessing the fitness of Antonio with the same starting XI maintaining their spots.
Prediction and Odds
Despite their loss to Liverpool, West Ham might get back on track this Wednesday evening to make a win.
West Ham Win
Goals Under 2.5
Most Goals: 2H