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  • August 18, 2012
  • • 10:00
  • • Boleyn Ground, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Premier League Preview: West Ham - Aston Villa

The visitor has injury worries as Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Gabriel Agbonlahor are all ruled out. James Collins could face his former club.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST HAM


Jaaskelainen
Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien
Tomkins, Diame, Noble, Vaz Te
Maiga, Cole



ASTON VILLA


Given
Lichaj, Clark, Vlaar, Bannan
Ireland, El Ahmadi, Delph, N'Zogbia
Bent, Weimann


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Sam Allardyce has had a busy summer in the transfer market this summer and new boys Jussi Jaaskelainen, Stephen Henderson, Mohamed Diame, Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga could all make their debuts for West Ham.

George McCartney and James Collins, who have both returned to the club, could also feature with Collins set to face his former side. Captain Kevin Nolan should also be fit to play after recovering from a toe problem.

New Villa boss Paul Lambert, meanwhile, has also had a busy summer and new signings Ron Vlaar and Karim El Ahmadi should start for the visitor.

However, injuries have hit Villa hard with Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Gabriel Agbonlahor all out while Steven Warnock and Alan Hutton are also unlikely to feature for Villa, having been overlooked by Lambert since he arrived.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Ham is unbeaten at Upton Park in 2012.
  • The two teams have met 105 times with both having 37 wins apiece and 31 games ending all square.
  • The Hammers have only won one of the last six meetings between the two clubs.
  • Aston Villa finished last season poorly, without a win in its last 10 league games.
  • Villa beat West Ham 3-0 on the opening day of the 2010/11 season, the last time the two clubs were both in the Premier League.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured) stole all three points for the visitor when the two last met in April 2011 as he scored in injury time to seal a 2-1 win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Ham United

Aston Villa

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
Draw
Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
48%
17%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 1
Aston Villa FC AST
West Ham United FC WHU
1 - 2
Aston Villa FC AST
West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 0
Aston Villa FC AST

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