West Ham United vs Aston Villa Team News, Starting XI Predictions

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There is just one game left to complete Premier League match day five, and it’s an extremely even match-up on paper, West Ham United at Aston Villa. The Hammers come in ninth in the table with 7 points, a -1 goal differential and a form guide that goes WWDL while Aston Villa currently sits in the drop zone, at 18th place.

They have a -2 goal differential with a form guide that reads LWLL.  Despite that vast differential, the projectionists and bookmakers see this as likely to be tightly contested. (Even the colors look almost identical) That said, let’s take a look at the team news and starting XI predictions for this one, starting with the visitors.

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Defender Winston Reid is out with a knee injury while Michail Antonio will be unavailable due to a hamstring issue. For the Villans, forward Jonathan Kodija is out due to a head injury. Defenders James Chester and Matt Targett are doubts over hamstring problems.

Aston Villa Starting XI Prediction

Wesley Moraes

Anwar El Ghazi          Jota

Jack Grealish     Douglas Luiz    John McGinn

Neil Taylor     Tyrone Mings    Bjorn Engels    Fredric Guilbert

Tom Heaton

West Ham United Starting XI Prediction 

Sebastien Haller

Felipe Anderson         Manuel Lanzini       Andriy Yarmolenko

Declan Rice       Mark Noble

Arthur Masuaku       Angelo Ogbonna     Issa Diop    Ryan Fredericks

Lukasz   Fabianski

Some interesting statistics to look at heading into this one: Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 18 home league games against the Hammers (W8 D8 L2), and those setbacks occurred in January of 2006 and February of 2014.

Meanwhile the Irons are looking to secure back-to-back league victories against AVFC for the first time since that ’06 meeting. The last time these two teams met in league play, February of 2016, West Ham won 2-0.

The London club beefed up big time this past summer transfer window, spending a lot of money on forwards. So they will be looking to score some goals and collect a return on their investment.

West Ham United at Aston Villa FYIs

Kickoff: Villa Park, Monday Sept 16, 8pm

Referee: Mike Dean

Google Result Probability: West Ham united win 37%, Draw 27%, Norwich City win 36%

Odds: Aston Villa win 17/10, Draw 5/2, West Ham United win 7/10

Prediction: West Ham 2, Aston Villa 1

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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