West Ham United returns to domestic matters this weekend, as they welcome Aston Villa to the London Stadium. The visitors come into the game in solid form after winning their last two. But, can the Hammers make home advantage count?
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This looks set to be a huge game for David Moyes and his West Ham side, as they remain just one point above the relegation places. The Hammers come into this fixture having recorded just one win from their last five matches, while they have suffered two defeats in their previous three. The pressure is mounting on Moyes ahead of this showdown, with growing reports that Michael Carrick may be lined up to replace the Scot.
It was an afternoon to forget for the Hammers in their previous fixture, as they were easily beaten on the road by Brighton. West Ham offered extremely little in the final third of that fixture, as they managed just two shots on target against their free-flowing rivals. The result was only made more damaging with the two sides in the bottom three picking up points last weekend.
Aston Villa will have their sights set on a place in the top half of the standings this season, and they come into this fixture with good form under their belt. The Villa has won each of their previous two matches in the Premier League, and they could move into the top ten with a success this weekend.
Unai Emery’s side were very professional in their most recent fixture, as they battled to a 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace. The only goal between the sides was an own goal, but the hosts were more than good value for maximum points at Villa Park.
West Ham vs Aston Villa Head to Head
West Ham’s record in this fixture is extremely strong, as they have recorded wins in each of the five previous meetings. Meanwhile, the Hammers are also unbeaten in their last nine Premier League clashes with Villa. Aston Villa’s last away win against the Hammers was recorded in April 2011.
West Ham vs Aston Villa Prediction
The trends make for important reading ahead of this fixture, and with the pressure on Moyes and his side, only a win will do this weekend. We could see the Hammers edging to a narrow success, with former Villa striker Danny Ings finding the net against his former side.
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