Good news for Paul Lambert is the possible return of Gabriel Agbonlahor, which will greatly boost Villa’s attacking threat. Ron Vlaar limped out of the clash against Everton allowing Baker a chance to impress in the starting lineup. They sit relatively comfortable in mid-table, but they will look to avoid a slump that could drag them right back into the mix.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrián, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Taylor, Noble, Jarvis, Nolan, Downing, Boriello
The headlines have recently been hogged by the FA’s decision to deny Andy Carroll’s red card appeal, which would see the towering Englishman miss the next three games. This would mean a possible start for winter signing Marco Boriello, who is yet to make an appearance for the Irons.
@West_Ham_COYI if he uses borriello I don’t see why we can’t beat Norwich and Aston villa!
— Billy (@BrightmoreBilly) February 4, 2014
— 12th Man Villz (@Villz85) February 4, 2014
Good on West Ham for their appeal.Andy Carroll’s sending off was shambolic.Pathetic FA for upholding it!
— Tony Watts (@TonyWatts13) February 6, 2014
A bit of classic nostalgia from the 2005-2006 season.
Christian Benteke has been back amongst the points recently, with three goals and two assists in his last four games. With his strength and composure, expect him to do one of either against a West Ham side that will be sitting deep.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United: An Alternative Preview
Villa have won three and lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League games against the Hammers.
Kevin Nolan has scored five Barclays Premier League goals against Aston Villa, more than against any other opponent apart from Sunderland (6).
Christian Benteke has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances for Villa.
Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games, conceding at least two goals in eight games during this run.
West Ham have kept the joint-most clean sheets in the Premier League along with Arsenal (11).
Aston Villa have won four and lost none (D2) of their last six Premier League home games against West Ham United.
Kevin Nolan has scored three goals and assisted two more in his last four Premier League appearances.
Nolan has also picked up two red cards and one yellow in his last three Premier League appearances away from home.
West Ham have hit the target with just 36% of their shots this season, the lowest accuracy in the top flight.
Only Fulham (10) have picked up fewer points at home than Aston Villa (11) this season.