West Ham heads to Villa Park to test the mettle of Aston Villa on September 16, 2019, in English Premier League action.
Aston Villa F.C. was founded in 1874 and they were among the founding members of the Football League in 1888 and also the Premier League in 1992. They are only one of five English football clubs to win the European Cup, achieving the feat in 1981/82. They have also won the Football League First Division a total of seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times and the UEFA Super Cup one time.
Former Brentford manager Dean Smith took over last season from Steve Bruce and Aston Villa finished 5th in the final EFL table while making the playoffs. Villa won the 2019 English Football League final playoff with a 2-1 victory over Derby City. The triumph earned them promotion back to the Premier League and this season, they are making their first appearance in the top flight in three years.
Aston Villa ranks 13th in Goal Difference at -2 on the season. They have scored a total of four goals so far ( tied for 13th overall ) and have conceded six goals in their four matches played ( tied for 10th overall ). They are also ranked 7th in assists with all of their four goals assisted.
Forward Wesley and midfielder Douglas Luiz have one goal each for Aston Villa. Meanwhile, midfielder John McGinn has one goal and one assist in four appearances. Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish also have assisted once this season. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has 10 saves but has allowed a total of six goals in four matches.
West Ham United
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West Ham United
West Ham United is one of the eight English football clubs who have never played below the second tier of the English Football system. They have played in the top flight in 61 out of the 93 Premier League season but have never won the title. Their highest finish ever in the top flight was 3rd during the 1985/86 season. However, they have won the FA Cup thrice and the FA Charity Shield once.
Last season, Manuel Pellegrini had varied results in his first year as in charge. They were very inconsistent throughout the season but finished strong and ended up in the upper half of the final table at 10th place. Pellegrini hopes that his team could carry the momentum to this current season and finish even better. West Ham enters this game as the soccer betting favorite to beat Aston Villa.
West Ham United ranks 10th in Goal Difference at -1. They have scored a total of six goals on the season ( tied for 5th overall ) and have given up a total of seven goals ( tied for 15th overall ) so far this year. They also rank 10th in assists with three out of their six goals assisted.
Forward Sebastian Haller is off to a flying start with three goals scored already. Javier Fernandez and Andriy Yarmolenko each have one goal for West Ham United. Arthur Masuaku, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini have one assist each this season. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has 12 saves but has allowed seven goals in four appearances.
Aston Villa currently ranks 18th in the league with one win and three losses. They opened the season with back to back losses to Arsenal and Bournemouth then got their first win of the year against Everton. However, Aston Villa lost to Crystal Palace in their most recent outing to drop to 1-0-3 on the season.
West Ham United is off to a 2-1-1 start on the season and is 7th in the current EPL table. West Ham United dropped their opening match to Manchester City but have rebounded from that 0-5 defeat by going unbeaten in their last four games played. They drew with Brighton & Hove Albion and then have put up back to back wins over Watford and Norwich City.
Head to head, these teams have played in a total of 29 matches. Aston Villa has nine wins while West Ham United have seven victories. These teams ended playing to a draw in 13 other matches. However, West Ham has won the last two head to head meetings between these clubs.
Aston Villa’s transition hasn’t been easy. They have lost thrice already early in the season. West Ham is on a roll right now with two wins and a draw in their last three matches played. With better form and better offense displayed so far, I think West Ham wins this match. Prediction: West Ham