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STAR PREVIEW: Aston Villa v West Ham

It has been a wild weekend in the Premier League and we could end with a bang as Aston Villa take on West Ham tonight. This weekend we have already seen Chelsea win 5-2 at Wolves, Norwich shock Manchester City 3-2, Spurs smash 4 in against Crystal Palace, and a pulsating 2-2 draw between Watford and Arsenal – and tonight’s game could have plenty of goals.

Villa have only the one point from their first four games, but based on of their performances they should feel very confident about staying up. After being reeled back in by Tottenham and then edged out by Bournemouth, they were clinical in beating Everton here, and despite shooting themselves in the foot at Crystal Palace, they should have had a point but for Henri Lansbury’s added-time effort being disallowed for a supposed dive by Jack Grealish in the build-up.

Grealish can feel hard done by for that call and he has made the step up to the Premier League with ease whilst Douglis Luiz and Wesley look to be doing best of the new signings, with both having scored already. Villa’s overall transfer strategy was questioned – Fulham spent a similar amount and went down in spectacular style just last season – but on the evidence of what we’ve seen so far, they can get to mid table at least.

Aston Villa v West Ham
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2000)
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa
DEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham
MAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham
NOV 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa
FEB 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham
NOV 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa
FEB 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham
AUG 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa
APR 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-2 Aston Villa
AUG 2010 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 3-0 West Ham

West Ham were put to the sword by Manchester City on the opening day, but that won’t be the first time that happens to a decent side and the response from Manuel Pellegrini’s men has been impressive. A 1-1 draw at Brighton afterwards was a fine result, especially without Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.

Haller has wasted no time in making his mark in the Premier League, scoring twice in an impressive 3-1 victory at Watford and a scoring first in a 2-0 success against Norwich before the international break. It’s early days yet, but Pellegrini’s men have played fluently so far and another top-half finish looks entirely realistic this season.

This has the potential to be an even contest but West Ham make appeal at the match odds. They performed creditably at Brighton without their two key attacking assets and were the better team in victories over Watford and Norwich, with their forward line looking a real threat thanks to the pace and movement. However, Villa have already proven themselves no mugs, and but for a very harsh VAR call would have scored in all four of their Premier League games so far.

Everton won the shot-count 12-7 when visiting here but the hosts were clinical, and they put a huge amount of pressure on Bournemouth when they were perhaps unlucky to go 2-0 down in 12 minutes, putting 21 shots on the opposition through the rest of the game. West Ham have scored five goals in their two wins and Villa have conceded six goals so far this season. Adding Over 2.5 goals to a West Ham win could bring rewards.

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