West Ham vs Aston Villa – Preview

West Ham enter this mid week game against Aston Villa, sitting in 19th position with 7 points and only one win so far in the Premier League. Aston Villa on the other hand are sitting pretty in 7th with 19 points, just 1 behind 4th placed Manchester City. O’Neill’s men have been in fantastic form, Fabio Capello thinks that they have been so good that even there subs should get called up to the England first team. I think everyone knows what I am talking about, Emile Heskey! The reason I bring this up is because Heskey is taking the place from Carlton Cole, who actually can score goals. Heskey may have talent but if you cannot get into the Aston Villa starting line-up then you should not get into the England one either. You may say that Heskey has been doing a great job for England but for me, standing in the middle of the pitch lazing about, missing the target on every occasion and occasionally passing isn’t a great job. 

Team News:

Aston Villa:

Cuellar is suspended and Petrov and Milner are doubtful which means youngster Fabian Deplh could start. Zola will be hoping he does because maybe the West Ham players will be embarrassed if a teenager leads a comeback in the second half so the team might turn up after half time to play. Davies, Downing and Gardner are all still injured.

West Ham: Kovac is suspended which is a good thing, Dyer remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and Ashton, Boa Morte and Davenport are all out injured. Hopefully Zola won’t start Guillermo Franco and use Zavon Hines because with Franco there is no pace or movement up front apart from Carlton Cole and Zavon Hines creates space by making runs but I can only hope.

            Former Hammer James Collins seems to be the missing link in the new look West Ham defence, he should start.

West Ham probable line-up:

GK: Robert Green

RB: Jonathon Spector

CB: James Tomkins

CB: Matthew Upson

LB: Herita Ilunga

RM: Valon Behrami

CM: Jack Collison

CM: Mark Noble

LM: Allesandro Diamanti

ST: Guillermo Franco

ST: Carlton Cole

My West Ham line-up:

GK: Robert Green

RB: Valon Behrami

CB: James Tomkins

CB: Matthew Upson

LB: Herita Ilunga

RM: Junior Stanislas

CM: Jack Collison

CM: Mark Noble

LM: Allesandro Diamanti

ST: Zavon Hines

ST: Carlton Cole

 Verdict: West Ham 3 – 1 Aston Villa (may as well be optimistic)

Scorers: Carlton Cole (2)Zavon Hines – Gabriel Agbonlahor

COME ON YOU IRONS!

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