Tim Sherwood’s success at Aston Villa has been much-discussed already. A Christian Benteke double helped the Villains to secure a 3-2 victory over Everton at Villa Park.
The three points from the Everton win helped to push Villa ahead of Newcastle and into 14th place. At this stage, Sherwood is of the opinion that Villa have to win all three remaining games against West Ham, Southampton, and Burnley, respectively.
Winning all three of their games would give Villa 41 points, which as historically been enough. Of course, standing in the way of Aston Villa’s survival is a West Ham side that has fallen beneath their hot early season form.
After four games without a win, Sam Allardyce managed to earn three points from a home encounter with Burnley last Saturday. West Ham bombarded Burnley’s goal with 29 total attempts, but the pressure was off because of Mark Noble’s 24th minute goal.
Aston Villa did not fluke their way past Liverpool in the FA Cup. Out of the two sides, it was Liverpool that performed poorly and did not deserve to progress to the final. Therefore, a matchup with an inconsistent West Ham team is almost certainly winnable.
Tim Sherwood has sacrificed a degree of defensive solidarity to inspire Aston Villa’s turnaround. Rather than playing with a back three, Villa now play a 4-5-1 in which wingers Jack Grealish and Charles N’Zogbia provide support to Christian Benteke. Their potency should be tough for West Ham to resist.
West Ham are currently 13th for their away form, where at home they rank eighth. On average they concede 1.53 goals and score just 1.12 goals in away games.
The Hammers’ loss-rate of seven from 17 will make this away game with a resurgent Aston Villa extremely difficult, especially without the injured Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.
Tip one: Aston Villa @ 1.90 with Betfair
Tip two: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.86 with Betfair
Aston Villa will commit players to attack West Ham. And while Villa are likely to score a couple in winning the game, the Hammers should have opportunities to nick a goal.