20:00 Kick Off on 16th Sept
Aston Villa vs West Ham (September 16, 8.00pm) is this week’s Premier League Monday night match. Despite spending big over the summer, Villa currently occupy one of the relegation places after one win and three defeats in their opening four matches.
West Ham could prove tough opponents after securing seven points from their four matches so far and another top-half finish is looking on the cards for the team that finished 10th last season. Check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for Aston Villa vs West Ham.
Villa’s return to the Premier League looked like starting with a bang for a while against Tottenham, where they held a 1-0 lead well into the second half, only to succumb to three late goals. A home defeat by Bournemouth followed, whilst Everton returned to Goodison Park wondering how they lost 2-0 at Villa Park after dominating much of the game. Crystal Palace also dominated their home match against Villa and it the score-line could have been much bigger than the 1-0.
West Ham started the season with their obligatory mauling by Manchester City, but have done well to draw at Brighton, win away at Watford, and beat Norwich at home since. Those results may suggest they have little chance of competing against the Premier League’s best teams, but it does show they’re more than capable of beating the teams that are likely to finish below them this season.
If you want to take all-time Premier League head-to-heads between Aston Villa and West Ham into consideration, these will point you firmly towards the draw as the value bet. That’s because 18 of their 40 matches have ended all square.
Aston Villa have won 13, whilst West Ham have won just nine.
The last time the two teams met at Villa Park the score ended 1-1, with West Ham winning the reverse fixture 2-0. But those games were in the 2015/16 season and much has changed at both clubs since.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has suggested that Ivory Coast international Jonathan Kodija is unlikely to play any part against West Ham, but the Hammers have reported no further injury worries as of Friday 13 September.