Their hosts, meanwhile, seem to struggle for consistency. The significant signing streak they made following the sale of Jack Grealish has yet to be fixed and Dean Smith’s side have lost each of their last three league games.
West Ham supporters may have been jealous of Villa’s level of spending over the summer but, frankly, are heading into the game as big favorites.
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West Ham XI predicts: Fabianski; Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antoine.
Hammers team news
Alex Kral is available again following a period of isolation due to Covid-19.
Fellow Czech Vladimir Coufal suffered a groin injury but came back with a late appearance against Manchester City and is in contention, although young understudy Ben Johnson has admirably filled the right-back with Ryan Fredericks still in doubt.
Ryan Fredericks is believed to be making good progress on his injury, although he is currently the only real absence.
“Like everyone else, we have issues and things behind the scenes, but I hope everything is going well,” Moyes said ahead of the Midlands meeting.
News from the Villa team
Emi Martinez was a concern for Villa having returned to Argentina due to a family emergency, but returned on Friday and is expected to make the game,
The hosts could start with Leon Bailey or Bertrand Traore (thigh) for West Ham’s visit, while Keinan Davis is back in action after a knee injury.
However, Egypt international Trezeguet is still on the return track following a serious knee injury he suffered earlier this year. Morgan Sanson and Jaden Philogene-Bidace are also absent.
How to watch
TV Channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports’ Main Event and Premier League channels, with coverage starting after Norwich vs Leeds end on Super Sunday.
Live Streaming: Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the action unfold online through the Sky Go app.
Welcome to this Premier League clash between Aston Villa and West Ham!
David Moyes will be hoping to maintain his team’s momentum and continue his top-four challenge, while Dean Smith needs a boost amid the host crisis ahead of this game.
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