Kick-off: 1630, 31/10/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
David Moyes has turned West Ham into a well-drilled, dependable unit and they are a percentage pick to beat a faltering Aston Villa outfit.
Dean Smith’s side have been leaking goals during a run of three straight defeats and lost both encounters with the Hammers last term.
Punters can get 29/20 for United to come out on top again and that is our first Aston Villa vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa have enjoyed some good moments this term, beating Manchester United at Old Trafford among three victories in their first six top-flight fixtures.
However, eight goals conceded in a trio of October losses has set alarm bells ringing.
After going down 2-1 at Tottenham, a late collapse saw them beaten 3-2 here by Wolves before a 3-1 reversal at Arsenal.
Smith’s men were well off the pace at Emirates Stadium, especially in the first half.
“It’s not very often my team gets dominated physically but they dominated us physically in the first half of the game,” admitted the manager on his club’s website.
“That’s not acceptable and the players were told that at half-time. I can accept second-half performances like that but certainly not the first half. That made it a real tough game for us.”
Smith will look for a reaction here and that could lead to a tight opening period, so 11/10 for more goals to be scored in the second half appeals from the Aston Villa vs West Ham odds.
Villa have netted 11 of their 13 goals this term after the interval, with the Hammers scoring 12 times following the break compared to four before it.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Tuanzebe, Luiz, McGinn, Buendia, Watkins, Ings.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
After finishing an excellent sixth last season, West Ham are as high as fourth this term after last Sunday’s 1-0 triumph over Tottenham.
The Hammers followed that up by ending Manchester City’s four-year monopoly of the EFL Cup with a midweek penalty shoot-out success.
Emotional scenes at London Stadium further enhanced the view that Moyes is building something special.
Assistant coach Stuart Pearce declared: “With the honesty and the resilience they showed, I think they deserved to get over the line in the shoot-out. Absolutely superb.
“The players deserve great credit while the manager drives this club on in a daily basis – he’s done a wonderful job at this club.”
West Ham are unbeaten in six away games in all competitions, rattling off four straight road wins at Dinamo Zagreb, Manchester United, Leeds and Everton.
The last three were all by one-goal margins and 16/5 for that sequence to continue is added to our Aston Villa vs West Ham betting tips, along with 17/2 for a 2-1 away win.
Last West Ham EPL line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson, Fornals, Soucek, Rice, Antonio, Bowen, Benrahma.
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