Following a brief hiatus, there’s a big Monday afternoon soccer clash in the EPL that could have big implications for both squads moving forward. East London’s West Ham United will head north to do battle with Aston Villa in what should be a rocking stadium.
Both sides were expected to get out of the gates a little hotter than their current form. One big issue for West Ham United is their poor away form. Their big spending in the summer seems to be paying off, especially with their attack. They remain lethal with the ball, but haven’t proven yet that they can defend with consistency. Coach Manuel Pellegrini knows that needs to change going forward.
For Villa, these are the types of matches at home that they need to win if they are going to survive relegation. They also made their own pricey additions in the transfer window, but unlike the Hammers they haven’t really paid dividends just yet.
This should be an intriguing showdown in a raucous Villa Park. Both teams will surely go for the full three points, and as a result it should provide for a thrilling and wide-open encounter. Read on below the odds for a detailed breakdown and betting prediction for West Ham vs. Aston Villa.
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa Betting Odds:
Aston Villa (+177)
West Ham United (+162)
Over 3 (+110)
Under 3 (-130)
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa Pick:
The international break likely came at the worst possible time for West Ham, as they were cruising and playing some really good football. Their attack was scary going forward, and the new additions had blended into the squad seamlessly. They’ll look to carry that momentum into Villa Park, but Villa’s home form will be something to certainly contend with.
Expect the Hammers to start an unchanged front four, spearheaded by the in-form Sebastian Haller at the top. He’s been scoring at will lately and should be able to really penetrate a weakened Villa back-line that is currently without Winston Reid. Behind Haller, look for Felipe, Manuel Lanzini, and Andriy Yarmolenko to provide an additional attacking punch and stellar service. That quartet is one of the best in all the Premier League and should provide all kinds of problems for the untested Villa defense.
While the Hammers surely have questions of their own at the back, the Villa attack isn’t as lethal as theirs, and as such expect West Ham to really be willing to open things up, have a go at goal, and not worry about trading chances.
Jack Grealish is an integral figure for Aston Villa in the center of the pitch, but he alone isn’t good enough to prevent West Ham from controlling the majority of possession and sending balls forward. The talented midfielder has had a great start to his year, and should be one to watch on Aston Villa come Monday afternoon.
Ultimately, there’s just too much talent on display with West Ham to look any other way. Their form before the break was stellar, and though they’ll likely concede a goal, their offense is good enough to score two or three against a weakened Villa defense. Both Teams to Score is an intriguing prop market to consider, but expect the Hammers to escape a rowdy Villa Park with a 2-1 victory.