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  • 10 February 2013
  • • 13:30
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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Aston Villa - West Ham Preview: Poor home record meets terrible away form

Paul Lambert's side have taken only one point from their previous five games at Villa Park, while Sam Allardyce's team have lost their last four in a row on the road

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA
Aston Villa
Guzan
Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett
Westwood, El Ahmadi, Holman
Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor

WEST HAM

  West Ham
Jaaskelainen
O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Taylor
J Cole, Noble, Diame, Jarvis
Nolan
Carroll

Paul Lambert is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that drew away to Everton. Richard Dunne suffered a setback in training as he recovers from groin and hip injuries, so is unlikely to play. Elsewhere in defence, Chris Herd (foot) is also out.

In midfield, there are more injury woes for Villa. Mark Albrighton (foot) and Gary Gardner (knee) remain long-term absentees, while Fabian Delph (ankle) could miss out, though a return is possible.

For the visitors, Guy Demel (knock) is unlikely to play, as is young left-back Daniel Potts (concussion), so Matt Taylor is likely to continue to deputise at left-back. James Collins (hamstring) is still out, as is George McCartney (knee).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke (pictured right) has scored in four consecutive appearances in all competitions.
  • Paul Lambert's side have only picked up one point from their last five home games, the worst in the Premier League.
  • Benteke has scored 10 of Villa's 23 league goals this season.
  • Villa have gone eight games without a win, their last one coming in a 3-1 victory against Liverpool at Anfield.
  • Aston Villa have conceded the first goal in a Premier League game on 12 occasions this season, drawing twice and losing 10 of those matches.
  • West Ham have lost their last four games in a row away from home, and are without a win in seven on the road.
  • Sam Allardyce's side have lost all nine games where they have conceded two or more goals.
  • If matches this season had finished at half-time, West Ham would be 14th (currently 11th), while Aston Villa would be eighth (currently 19th).

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Available Squads
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
20C. BentekeStriker
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
3Joseph BennettDefender
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
18Yacouba SyllaMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
4Emanuel PogatetzDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
10Joe ColeMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
30Raphael SpiegelGoalkeeper
20Guy DemelDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
12Ricardo Vaz TeStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
C. Benteke
C. Benteke
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker is integral to the hosts' chances of staying up, having scored 43 per cent of their goals this season. The variety of goals scored by the Belgian is interesting as well, and the visiting defence will have to be wary of him at all times.
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The England international scored on his comeback from injury, and his prowess in the air could prove valuable for the Hammers again. With his future still up in the air, he will be hoping a good stretch until the end of the season can endear him to all parties.
Prediction
With both teams looking to arrest poor runs of form, it will likely be a very tight encounter, with each side looking to hit their opponents on the counterattack. With Sam Allardyce's side known for their strong aerial talents and organised set-pieces, and Villa picking up scrutiny for their defending of them, this could be a key area for both sides.
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