Aston Villa host West Ham this evening, looking to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat they suffered against Crystal Palace prior to the international break.
Dean Smith’s men have so far taken just three points from a potential twelve in the Premier League and sit 18th, a point behind Newcastle who lie 17th after their 3-1 defeat away at leaders Liverpool on Saturday.
The West Midlanders are in desperate need of a result on home soil this evening, but know that the challenge they face in the form of West Ham will be tough, considering the Londoners have won their previous two games and sit pretty in 9th as things stand.
So, with that considered, the fact that the Villans have four players missing for tonight’s showdown at Villa Park is far from ideal.
Defenders James Chester and Matt Targett remain sidelined, while winger Trezeguet is suspended following his dismissal against Palace a fortnight ago, per BBC Sport.
Alongside those casualties and suspensions is forward Jonathan Kodjia, who will also miss this evening’s game due to fracturing his cheekbone in training.
Villa boss Dean Smith claims that his side are desperate to ‘right the wrongs’ from the disappointing defeat to Crystal Palace prior the international break.
“They’re itching for that next game. There’s a burning desire from them to right the wrongs. I can sense that,” said the 48-year-old.
“The international break has given us an opportunity. For instance, we’ve been able to work a lot on our breakthrough opportunities as all of our forward players have been here.” (via BBC Sport)
Villa need a win tonight to start building momentum. They’re in a precarious position as things stand, lying 18th, so another defeat would only make things more challenging. While it’s early days in the Premier League obviously, the club did spend a lot of money over the course of the summer, so it’s important the ball starts to truly roll, especially at home.
Although the absentees mentioned above are a blow, Villa still have adequate cover in all areas of the pitch, especially up front with summer signing Wesley who has already opened his account this term with a well-taken finish against Everton last month. With this in mind, they stand a great chance against the Hammers this evening.
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