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West Ham v Aston Villa Prediction 2nd February 2016

30th January 2016 / lee
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West Ham v Aston Villa Premier League, 2nd February

The Hammers will be looking to rediscover their winning touch in the top flight after having taken just the one point from their last two outings. The Irons get a winnable home match you would imagine against the relegation threatened Villains. The two clubs played out a 1-1 draw when they met at Villa Park earlier in the league season, but both will be hoping for a better return than that. There have only been the five goals scored in total in the last five meetings between these two, so don’t expect a goal-fest. West ham are 10/11 to win, with the draw at 23/10 and Aston Villa at 10/3.

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Key Stats – West Ham v Aston Villa

In the last five Premier League meetings there have been just five goals scored in total

Enner Valencia has four goals in his last three league appearances for West Ham

Villa fired off eight shots on target in their 1-1 draw with the Hammers earlier this season

No team has blocked more shots than West Ham in this season’s’ top flight

West Ham v Aston Villa Betting Tips

The Hammers strangely don’t have that great of a record against Aston Villa from recent meetings. The Irons have won just one of their last six against the Villains now in the English top flight, so definite room for improvement. The Hammers have a been a tough, resilient side all season long and they go as clear favourites to pick up three points here. West Ham start the weekend in sixth place in the Premier League, but have dropped points in their last two, losing against Newcastle and then drawing against Man City. The draw with the Citizens was at the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches, so no sign of them finishing this game empty handed then. West Ham have lost just one of their last ten league games (W3 D6 L1).

There has been a lack of goals in recent meetings between these two so look under 2.5 goals for what appears to be a comfortable bet. That option on the goal line will return you odds of 4/6 which looks to be a bit of a banker. The Hammers have seen 14 of their players score a Premier League goal this season, a joint league-high with Chelsea. In the anytime goalscorer market at online bookmaker Bet365 for this game, West Ham’s Enner Valencia takes precedence with him having netted four goals in his last three Premier League matches. It was his brace which earned a 2-2 draw against Man City in their last league game. Nikica Jelavic though has scored in three of his five Premier League appearances again the Villains, netting in each of the last two against them.

Aston Villa have claimed five points from the last nine available in the top flight, a big improvement from them. Actually back in the 2004/05 season, West Brom had 13 points after 23 games (the same as Villa have now) and they managed to avoid relegation. So still hope for the Midlands outfit. Goals are still hard to come by for the Villains, having netted just three in their last five Premier League matches. Four of their last five points have come at home though and they are winless in their last seven away matches (W3 L8) so are tough to back on the road. They scrapped their way to a 0-0 draw at West Brom last time out on the road, but will face more pressure from West Ham. Villa have earned a 0-0 draw in their last two visits to the Boyen Ground and a 0-0 Correct Score is a 7/1 option with Bet365.

Who will win – West Ham v Aston Villa Predictions

Villa are digging in there and fighting for all they are worth. However, the Hammers look the more likely to win the match and given how the recent meetings have gone between these two you are looking at a low scoring game and therefore probably just a single goal winning margin for the Irons. Home win and under 2.5 goals would be the way to go.

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