Saturday, December 4, 2021

Prediction: Aston Villa vs West Ham

Verdict: West Ham draw no bet

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to build off of their stunning EFL Cup victory in midweek, West Ham will make the trip to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon hoping to lay down another marker.

Aston Villa

Starting with the hosts, while Aston Villa might have shocked many with their 1-0 win away at Manchester United last month, Dean Smith’s side have really failed to build off of that result. Only showing a host of issues since returning from October’s international break, the former Brentford boss has seen his side lose each of their last three Premier League matchups on the spin. Struggling to fill the void left by Jack Grealish’s departure over the summer, Villa have the feel of a side seeking a boost. Putting in a nightmare first-half display at the Emirates last time out, Smith’s men were eventually hit with a 3-1 drumming away at Arsenal. In fact, losing four of their last five matchups across all formats, Sunday’s hosts will also be worried by their last showdown at Villa Park. Throwing away that two-goal lead in their remarkable collapse against local rivals Wolves on October 16th, they could face a tricky test this weekend.

Team News

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who had travelled to Argentina during the week for family reasons, is back and will start on Sunday. Leon Bailey could make his first start after recovering from injury.

However, Morgan Sanson and Jaden Philogene-Bidace are sidelined by illness.

West Ham

As for the visitors, stunning Manchester City in midweek as they dumped the defending champions out of the EFL Cup, the mood in West Ham’s camp is at a red-hot high. Enjoying what has been a remarkable rise under David Moyes over the past 18 months, the Hammers have only continued on where they left off last season. Winning each of their opening three Europa League contests and cruising their way to the knockout stage, the former Manchester United boss has his sights set on going on step further this year. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat in the top-four, West Ham have embarked on a stellar purple patch. Last seen on Premier League duties picking up a 1-0 win against bitter rivals Tottenham at the London Stadium, Moyes’ men have now won six of their last seven matchups across all formats. Gaining a recent reputation for their performances at the back, it should also be noted that Sunday’s guests have recorded four clean sheets on the spin.

Team News

David Moyes’ is expected to make a host of changes from Wednesday’s EFL Cup victory against Manchester City.

The likes of Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma will all make their return at Villa Park on Sunday.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off last season, West Ham collected back-to-back victories against Aston Villa.
    • Sunday’s guests have won six of their last seven matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, West Ham have recorded four clean sheets on the spin.
    • Aston Villa have lost each of their last three Premier League matchups on the spin.
    • Five of Villa’s last six top-flight contests have finished with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    Claiming that stunning EFL Cup victory against Manchester City earlier in the week, West Ham will be looking to cash in on their stellar purple patch. Claiming back-to-back Premier League victories against Tottenham and Everton, David Moyes’ men are really flying high in their bid to secure a top-four finish. Landing back-to-back wins against Sunday’s opponents when the two sides faced off last season, a downbeat Aston Villa could face another tough test. Last seen getting hit with a deserved 3-1 defeat away at Arsenal, Dean Smith’s men have lost each of their last three top-flight fixtures on the spin. With the Hammers winning six of their last seven matchups across all formats, an away draw no bet appears at attractive odds.

    Verdict: West Ham draw no bet

    Best Odds: 4/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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