Aston Villa host West Ham United on Monday night looking to pick up their second Premier League win of the season.
Dean Smith’s side have put in some strong performances since returning to the top flight but have just three points to show for it so far – a 2-0 win at home to Everton – and will be looking to secure a crucial victory.
West Ham, meanwhile, have recovered well from their 5-0 thrashing at home to Manchester City on the opening weekend, taking seven points from their last three league games and progressing to the third round of the League Cup.
Read on for our Aston Villa vs West Ham preview, predictions, TV coverage information and team news.
When is Aston Villa vs West Ham and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
Last five meetings: Aston Villa vs West Ham
02 Feb 2016: West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa (Premier League)
26 Dec 2015: Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham (Premier League)
09 May 2015: Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham (Premier League)
08 Nov 2014: West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa (Premier League)
08 Feb 2014: Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Aston Villa (LDWDL) 2-5 West Ham (WDLDW)
Ones to watch
Aston Villa: John McGinn
Jack Grealish may take the headlines for Villa but fellow midfielder John McGinn is arguably their most important player.
The Scotland international is a brilliantly dynamic all-rounder who can shield defenders with his intelligent positioning and tough tackling, while also driving the ball forward quickly once he wins it.
McGinn already has two goals and an assist for club and country this season and will head into Monday’s game high on confidence. If he’s firing, that could make the difference for Villa.
Key stat: McGinn has completed more dribbles (7) and made more tackles (17) than any other Villa player in the Premier League this season.
West Ham: Manuel Lanzini
Manuel Lanzini was a huge loss for West Ham last season but since returning from injury, he’s kicked off the new campaign in fine style.
The diminutive Argentine has been the Hammers’ creator-in-chief so far and if he can continue to strike up a good understanding with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller, Manuel Pellegrini’s men could be a tough prospect indeed.
Villa will have to keep close tabs on Lanzini on Monday night.
Key stat: Lanzini has had more touches (283), completed more passes (174), created more chances (14) and completed more dribbles (13) than any other West Ham player in the Premier League this season.
Defenders James Chester and Matt Targett are suffering from thigh problems, while Jonathon Kodjia has a head injury. All three are set to miss out on Monday.
Egyptian forward Trezeguet will also be unavailable through suspension.
Predicted XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor; McGinn, Luiz, Grealish; Jota, Wesley, El Ghazi.
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Pellegrini has confirmed defender Winston Reid and forward Michail Antonio will both miss Monday’s trip to Villa Park.
“We have all the players fit except for Winston Reid [knee] and Michail Antonio [hamstring], who has had surgery on his leg,” said the Hammers boss.
Other than that, West Ham have a clean bill of health.
Predicted XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.
West Ham have recovered well from their opening day drubbing to Manchester City, taking seven points from three games, while Villa have won just once from their opening four games. That said, Dean Smith’s side have put in some good showings and should take a point in front of a big home crowd on Monday. Either way, it’ll be an intriguing battle between two sides with fantastic creative midfielders.
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham