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Predicted Aston Villa XI to face West Ham in the Premier League

Two top-six contenders in the Premier League look to strengthen their credentials as Aston Villa play host to West Ham in an exciting midweek fixture on Wednesday night.

The Villans got things back on track with an impressive 1-0 win over Southampton at the weekend, having lost 3-2 against Burnley on January 27. Dean Smith’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham in December and will be looking to make amends this time around. 

With Aston Villa just three points adrift of 5th-placed West Ham, a home victory would be enough to see them leapfrog David Moyes’s side in the standings. However, they will face an uphill battle against the Hammers, who have won four of their last five games in the Premier League.

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Smith doesn’t have too many injury issues to contend with. Wesley Moraes remains a long-term absentee while Korney Hause is ruled out with an ankle problem.

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Aston Villa beat Southampton 1-0 at the weekend (Getty Images)

Predicted XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Emiliano Martinez (GK)

The former Arsenal star has justified his status as the undisputed No.1 between the sticks with some top-notch displays through the season. 

Matty Cash (RB)

The 23-year-old has caught the eye in his first season in the Premier League as an exciting young full-back capable of contributing at both ends of the pitch.

Matt Targett (LB)

The former Southampton graduate has started each of Villa’s 19 games in the PL so far this season, establishing himself as one of the first names on Smith’s team sheet.

Ezri Konsa (CB)

The young centre-back has really come to the fore with some commanding displays this season. He should be high on confidence after another strong performance against Southampton.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa makes a save from Jan Bednarek of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa at St Mary’s Stadium on January 30, 2021, in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Tyrone Mings (CB)

The England international has flourished as a key player for the Villans at the back. He is likely to start once again on Wednesday.

Douglas Luiz (CDM)

The former Man City star has been instrumental in Villa’s impressive campaign in the top-flight, starting all but one of the club’s 19 games so far.

John McGinn (CM)

The Scottish international remains a key cog in Smith’s midfield with his well-rounded attributes. He will surely have a big part to play against West Ham.

Jack Grealish (LW)

Villa will rely heavily on their influential skipper once again to spark creativity in the final third when they play host to West Ham in the midweek fixture.

Ross Barkley (CAM)

The Chelsea loanee has made a big impact at Villa Park, despite struggling with injuries, and will be high on confidence after netting the winner in the last game.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa and Moussa Djenepo of Southampton collide during the Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa at St Mary’s Stadium on January 30, 2021, in Southampton, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Trezeguet (RW)

Traore has performed well below expectations in the last couple of games, which could open the door for the Egyptian to get a start on Wednesday.

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Ollie Watkins (ST)

The former Brentford marksman has scored twice in his last three league games for the Villans and could once again be the difference-maker for Smith’s side.

Written by Sayan Chatterjee

A Premier League enthusiast and an avid follower of the beautiful game.

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