Date:Friday February 8 2013
It`s off to Villa Park this Saturday for a Premier League fixture that pitches the two claret and blue teams against each other. It`s probably fair to say that, of the two it`s West Ham who are enjoying a slightly more comfortable season. For Villa it has been a season of woe, exiting both domestic cups in the same week whilst also struggling in the league. For us, no cup success but for a first season back in top flight we`re doing better than the two teams that came up with us. Can we take all three points at Villa Park? Why not!
Paul Lambert`s squad is boosted by the news that Karim El Ahmadi and Fabien Delph are both available again after recovering from knee injuries. There could also be a start for their transfer window signing from French football, Yacouba Sylla.
But there are doubts about the availability of Ashley Westwood who has been suffering from a virus.
Burst onto the Premier League scene this season and an absolute bargain picked up by Villa. He`s definitely one we need to keep an eye on.
Big Sam takes his squad to the second city still without the services of James Collins and George McCartney. Also absent will be Modibo Maiga with the player away on African Cup of Nations duty.
Apart from that we have no further injury concerns.
The big Geordie is back from injury and raring to go. Hopefully the goal he scored last week (the winner against Swansea) will see his season, goal-wise, kick start.
Meetings at Villa Park don`t, generally, go West Ham`s way. The last 16 played have seen Villa win 7 and with 7 others drawn, leaving West Ham with just two wins in that period, the last being back in January 2006.
The man in the middle for this encounter is Mark Clattenburg.
Although our away form has been lamentable, Aston Villa`s form in general hasn`t been that good. This could be one of those classics whereby if a team holds it nerve it will emerge with a win. If West Ham can keep our hosts quiet for the first twenty minutes I fancy is to go on and win it, if we can`t, well let`s just say it could be a long afternoon!
Due to our early FA Cup exit, at the hands of Manchester United, we don`t play a competitive fixture again until the 25th February when we entertain our good friends Tottenham Hotspur.
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Friday February 8 2013
Valencia Makes an Instant Impact (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Gold`s Gaff (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Diame - It Had to Happen Didn`t It? (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Stats: Hull v West Ham (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Hull v West Ham - Team Sheets (Monday September 15 2014)
A Jenkinson Debut Allied with Ambition! (Monday September 15 2014)
Valencia Debut? (Monday September 15 2014)
Looking for a Leader! (Sunday September 14 2014)
Hammers to bring in a Shrink! (Sunday September 14 2014)
Hammers Can Say NO to Spurs (Saturday September 13 2014)
|Hull City||2||-||2||West Ham|
|Crystal Palace||1||-||3||West Ham|
|10. Hull City||4||1||2||1||0||5|
|12. Leicester City||4||1||2||1||-1||5|
|13. West Ham||4||1||1||2||-1||4|
» Man Utd : 17/09/2014 13:05:00
|Yet More Ronaldo Intrigue!
» Man Utd : 17/09/2014 13:04:00
|Everton all set for European challenge
» Everton : 17/09/2014 12:00:00
|Everton set to make January move for Deulofeu
» Everton : 17/09/2014 10:45:00
|Liverpool: Ludogorets Razgrad Verdict
» Liverpool : 17/09/2014 09:43:00