Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. West Ham United
Venue: Villa Park – Saturday, December 26 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Aston Villa 8/5 – Draw 11/5 – West Ham United 7/4
Aston Villa sit bottom of the table and things are looking bleak for the home side, they have to start getting points on the board.
Rémi Garde will be doing all he can behind the scenes to help motivate his players to give them the belief and confidence they so desperately need.
Villa’s hard earned point last weekend could be a turning point and now is the time to build on that result. Every game will have huge implications on the battle against the drop.
West Ham appear to have run out of steam in their mid-season dip in form, having drawn their last four games on the bounce.
They have not been helped by injuries and have many first team players ruled out, but squad depth is important more than ever during this busy festive period.
This is a good chance for the Hammers to pick up three points but with both sides struggling to find a win it is difficult to see which way this tie will go.
Aston Villa have three injury concerns, as Jordan Amavi is set to miss out while Gary Gardner and Micah Richards are doubts.
West Ham’s progress this season appears to have been halted after injuries to key players. Andy Carroll is a doubt while Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet, Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho all look set to miss out.
Aston Villa’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/D/L/D
West Ham United’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/D/D
Key Stat: Villa haven’t won in their last 16 Premier League outings and it is easy to see why confidence is so low. West Ham have kept three clean sheets on the bounce.
Key Player: Jordan Ayew – Villa’s top scorer in the Premier League this season has shown his potential in games but needs to perform consistently to help his side build up some points to boost their chances of avoiding relegation. He will be confident after his screamer last weekend.
Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United: These two sides haven’t had much to shout about in recent weeks but Villa have picked up two draws in their last three games, which is an improvement. West Ham seem to have lost their killer touch in games, a draw looks a likely outcome.