Aston Villa VS West Ham Prediction
The fine form of the hosts from Aston Villa, in the last couple of weeks, provide them with one big opportunity for “Wembley” football at the end of the month, when “The Villans” will play against Arsenal in The FA Cup final, but at same time Tim Sherwood’s men will prefer to keep their Premier League position, which is in danger and that’s why the home clash against West Ham United in Saturday afternoon will be with that big importance for the hosts from Birmingham. “Villa Park” will watch two more Premier League games until the end of the season and all “Villa” supporters hope these two games not to be their last Premier League matches for an indefinite period. That’s why we believe that Aston Villa will do their best against the midtable visitors from East London, who will arrive in Birmingham at 9th position, where “The Hammers” have 47 points after 35 rounds, but Sam Allardyce’s men are without an away win since the end of January, when West Ham won against Bristol City for the FA Cup, while the last Premier success on the road dates from the beginning of December, when West Ham won in West Bromwich – 2:1. From that time “The Hammers” are without a win in 10 away league games, in which they have only 5 draws, but the strong first half of the season secured safety for West Ham and the team is just playing resf of the season, since “The Irons” are with 14 points over the relegation zone, and with 6 points behind the 8th placed Swansea City.
Aston Villa are lying on 14th position, where “The Villans” have 35 points from 35 rounds and this makes the club from Birmingham in huge danger, since the 18th placed Sunderland is with just 2 points less (33), but we have to mention that “The Black Cats” have one game less, while the teams on 16th and 17th positions, respectively Leicester City and Hull City, are on just 1 point behind Aston Villa.
Final conclusion, betting pick and possible squads of Aston Villa and West Ham – EPL 09.05.2015
Tim Sherwood changed the image of the club from Birmingham, who was without a win in 12 Premier League matches, in which Aston Villa had just 3 draws and 3 goals scored… now the situation looks quite different and we must say that Aston Villa looks very dangerous and only the luck prevented them from winning a point in their visit at “Etihad Stadium”, where Aston Villa lost from Manchester City with 2:3, which happened in the last away effort. Now “The Villans” will come after the same result, but in Aston Villa’s favor, when in the last round the team won against Everton at home. The game was marked by two more goals by Christian Benteke, who returns at his past level, as the Belgian striker scored 11 goals in his last 9 appearances for the club from Birmingham. That’s not all – the arrival of Tim Sherwood looks like the key point for Aston Villa and we believe that “The Villans” deserve their Premier League spot, which they most likely will keep, especially if they manage to earn 6 points from the remaining two home games – vs West Ham, and vs Burnley, which is in the last round.
On other hand West Ham will travel for Birmingham probably with one in mind for the summe break, which is normal for a club, who’s just playing the rest of the season. West Ham won in its last Premier League challenge, when last weekend “The Hammers” achieved an 1:0 victory over the last placed Burnley, but now Sam Allardyce’s men will play against one team, who has the motivation on his side. Not that Burnley was lacked of motivation, but the quality difference here is bigger, and the home advantage can be crucial. We expect Aston Villa to earn the points, which can have huge contribution for the possible Premier League stay of “The Villans”.
Possible starting XI:
Aston Villa: Given – Richardson, Vlaar, Okore, Hutton – Sanchez, Westwood, Cleverley – Grealish, Delph – Benteke. (4-3-2-1)
Missing players – Chris Herd, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark, Libor Kozak.
West Ham: Adrian – Jenkinson, Collins, Burke, Cresswell – Noble, Kouyate – Downing, Nolan, Amalfitano – Valencia. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Winston Reid, Guy Demel, James Tomkins, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll.
Referee: Lee Mason. (7 yellow and 1 red card in the last 3 EPL games of which he was referee)