Aston Villa will be desperate to avoid a seventh consecutive Premier League defeat, but a set for a challenging game as they visit West Ham United.
Talks are said to have begun with home boss Sam Allardyce over a new contract, and it is little surprise given the performances his side have produced in recent weeks. They are much more potent in attack, and last time out showed great character to come back and draw with Stoke City in a game in which they were second best for long periods. Stewart Downing in particular looks a player totally transformed.
Andreas Weimann was the man who finally ended Aston Villa’s goal drought in the last game against Tottenham, and they seemed to heading towards a positive result.
However, a loss of discipline from Christian Benteke and two late Spurs goals left them with a horribly bitter taste in the mouth, and having just regained the services of their star striker, manager Paul Lambert is now without him for three more matches, which could have severe implications for the weeks ahead.
West Ham are without right-back Guy Demel for at least two more weeks, but should have top scorer Diafra Sakho back after he missed the game at Stoke.
Aside from Benteke, Villa are unable to call upon Fabian Delph and Libor Kozak. Defenders Alan Hutton and Philippe Senderos are hoping to return from injury.
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