West Ham vs Aston Villa
Venue: London Stadium
Kick Off: 3PM
West Ham United head into today’s Premier League fixture against Aston Villa having suffered three defeats in succession in all competitions.
While the Hammers are currently in sixth position in the standings, they only hold a nine-point lead over their next opponents, Villa having played one game fewer and winning three matches in a row.
At the beginning of March, David Moyes had his sights set on winning at least one piece of silverware and securing Champions League football through the Premier League.
Although both of those aims remain possible, West Ham are now out of the FA Cup, behind in their Europa League tie with Sevilla and three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal having played three games more than the Gunners.
Moyes will insist that his Hammers side will continue to take every match in isolation, but they desperately require a response against an in-form Villa side at the weekend.
West Ham’s losing streak should not particularly come as a surprise with each of their three wins from 10 matches coming by the narrowest of margins.
On a more positive note, West Ham have taken seven points from their last three games at the London Stadium, their most recent victory coming by a 1-0 scoreline against Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 27.
While goals have been in short supply for West Ham, the same cannot be said of Villa who have netted nine times during their last three top-flight fixtures.
Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton and Leeds United have been dispatched with minimal fuss, Philippe Coutinho receiving most of the plaudits with his performances in the final third.
The Barcelona loanee now has four goals and three assists from his eight Premier League outings, but manager Steven Gerrard will be equally impressed with his backline.
Three clean sheets have been recorded in succession, and it has contributed to Villa moving into the conversation for the European places given their game in hand on West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In the reverse fixture back on October 31, Villa succumbed by a 4-1 scoreline, a result which led to Dean Smith being removed from his role in the dugout a week later.
West Ham possible XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Benrahma, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio.
Aston Villa possible XI: Martinez, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey, Coutinho, Ings, Watkins.