Kick-off: 2015, 03/02/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: BT Sport
Aston Villa and West Ham are pretty evenly matched on this season’s Premier League exploits, with United three points in front but having played two games more.
Their recent head-to-head tussles have also been tight, with a couple of draws last term and the Hammers shading a close contest in London at the end of November.
We feel the value lies in taking 23/10 for a stalemate this time as our first Aston Villa vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa are coming off a useful 1-0 triumph at Southampton, where Ross Barkley headed in the decider from a Jack Grealish cross on 41 minutes.
Saints felt they should have had a penalty for handball and Danny Ings was just narrowly offside when putting the ball in the net late on.
Dean Smith declared: “It was a real tough game against a good team who put us under a lot of pressure, but I think the telling moment was the quality of the goal.
“We’ve had to defend resolutely and we’ve been on the better side of some marginal decisions for a change, which is nice.
“But it was a real resolute team performance where you can’t really pick one player out and I thought all of them worked really hard for each other.”
The Midlands outfit have only drawn a blank up front twice in their last 15 games, while the Hammers have been nilled just three times all season.
Both teams score their fair share of first-half goals, so 5/2 they each net before the break here takes the eye from the Aston Villa vs West Ham odds.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Barkley, Watkins, Traore.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham found a resurgent Liverpool too hot to handle during Sunday’s 3-1 reversal at London Stadium.
Mohamed Salah hit a superb double and Georginio Wijnaldum also struck before Craig Dawson claimed a late consolation.
David Moyes said: “I thought we competed as well as we could, but we didn’t play as well as we could and they were just too strong for us.
“Liverpool are not one of the teams we are challenging. Their consistency will be much greater. They played better than us, so we’ve got no complaints.
“We came into the game confident, feeling we had a chance to get something, but Liverpool made it difficult and we didn’t do the things we’ve been doing well.”
However, being beaten by the champions in that mood was no disgrace and United should still be full of confidence following a previous run of six straight wins.
We’re expecting this to be an even and entertaining affair, so 10/1 for a 2-2 draw is added to our Aston Villa vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Rice, Fornals, Soucek, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.
Southampton 0-1 ASTON VILLA – Ross Barkley
WEST HAM 1-3 Liverpool – Craig Dawson
Head-to-head: West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa, West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham
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