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Premier League

  • November 2, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Boleyn Ground, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 34977

Premier League Preview: West Ham - Aston Villa

Sam Allardyce wants more cutting edge from his side after a poor run in front of their own fans as they take on a Villans team only one point above them in the Premier League table

West Ham will be eager to turn around its poor home form when the club faces Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce's side has lost its last three top-flight games at Upton Park and the club's solitary home win in the Premier League came against Cardiff City on the opening day of the season.

The London club is 15th in the table, just a point better off than third-bottom Norwich City, and Allardyce will leave no stone unturned in order to end the team's wait for home success.

"We play Aston Villa and there's only one thing on the players' minds and that's to win the football match," he told the press. "We always set out how they should win it. They never get a piece of detail which is extra to the fact that they know exactly what they've got to do to beat them, because we give them the lot.

"They know how to expose their weaknesses, they know how to nullify their strengths... we can talk about systems all day long but it means nothing unless the individual plays to his best. I can pick any system I want but, if the players don't play well, the system will fail. If the individuals play well in that system then the system works. As always, we continue to tell the players they must convert their chances."

Allardyce revealed that striker Carlton Cole is not fit enough to be considered for a start and midfielder Matt Taylor is ruled out after injuring his calf in the Capital One Cup win at Burnley on Tuesday night.

Center back James Tomkins should be fit despite also picking up an injury at Turf Moor but Andy Carroll (heel), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) James Collins (hamstring), Alou Diarra and George McCartney (both knee) are all sidelined.

Villa is also in need of a win as the team is just a point better off than West Ham. Paul Lambert's side has lost its last two matches and failed to score in its last three ahead of the trip to the capital.

Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is a doubt after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury in the defeat against Everton while Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) and Jores Okore (knee) are long-term absentees.

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