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West Ham vs Aston Villa prediction: The Julen Lopetegui era begins

West Ham vs Aston Villa prediction: The Julen Lopetegui era begins

It’s a battle of the claret and blues to start the 2024/25 Premier League when West Ham United host Aston Villa on the opening weekend.

West Ham vs Aston Villa prediction: The Julen Lopetegui era begins

West Ham vs Aston Villa latest prediction

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Squawka Betting Tip
West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
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We’re entering a new era at the London Stadium, with David Moyes’ contract not being renewed. At the helm now is Julen Lopetegui, who shocked fans just under a year ago with his departure from Wolves on the eve of the 2023/24 campaign. It was a slightly disappointing season for West Ham last year as they finished ninth, nine points off the European places.

The Hammers won as many games as they lost and had a goal difference of -14, the worst in the top half of the Premier League. In fact, only five teams had a worse goal difference than West Ham last season. So now it’s on Lopetegui to lift West Ham back up into contention for European football.

On the other side of this game are a team hoping to build on their impressive 2023/24 campaign. Unai Emery had an excellent first full season in charge of Aston Villa, leading them to the Champions League. The Villans finished fourth, two points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, and were well deserving of their finish.

Now the question is whether Emery and Aston Villa can juggle the Premier League and Champions League. We saw last season that Newcastle United were unable to do so, bowing out of the Champions League at the group stage and finishing seventh in the Premier League.

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Squawka Betting Tip
Draw
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West Ham host Aston Villa at the London Stadium on Saturday 17th August at 5:30pm.

Aston Villa may feel like the better team, but it’s the opening weekend of a new season so you can’t make accurate predictions based on the previous campaign’s performances. However, you can look at the fact that Aston Villa haven’t won away to West Ham since 2011, a run of nine games without victory including two draws on their most recent visits to the London Stadium.

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*Odds correct as of 16:30 on 10th July. 18+ only. GambleAware.

West Ham team news

Although there is a new man at the helm, we may not see too much of a change in West Ham’s system, with Lopetegui favouring a 4-2-3-1. Maximilian Kilman played under Lopetegui at Wolves and is now a West Ham man, so you’d expect him to come straight into the defence — especially with the Hammers paying £40m for the centre-back. The question is, who does he partner?

Aston Villa team news

Aston Villa have seen a big change to their squad this summer already, with Douglas Luiz sold to Juventus. But they have also brought in Ross Barkley, who previously played for the Villans on loan in 2020/21, so he could play alongside Youri Tielemans with John McGinn further forward. Ian Maatsen has also joined and may make the left-back spot his own.

West Ham vs Aston Villa head-to-head

West Ham are winless in their last three games against Aston Villa, including a 4-1 defeat at Villa Park last season. However, before that defeat the Hammers went unbeaten in 10 matches against Villa, including six wins.

West Ham vs Aston Villa H2H
Date Score Ground
17/03/24 West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa London Stadium, London
22/10/23 Aston Villa 4-1 West Ham Villa Park, Birmingham
12/03/23 West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa London Stadium, London
28/08/22 Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham Villa Park, Birmingham
13/03/22 West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa London Stadium, London
31/10/21 Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham Villa Park, Birmingham

How to watch West Ham vs Aston Villa live

West Ham vs Aston Villa will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday 17th August at 5:30pm.