Watch Aston Villa vs West Ham on Monday Night Football from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 8pm; Also watch in-game clips and highlights on skysports.com and Sky Sports app
Last Updated: 13/09/19 7:08pm
Team news, key stats and predictions ahead of Aston Villa vs West Ham in the Premier League.
A Villa vs West Ham
September 16, 2019, 7:00pm
Joanthan Kodjia is out for Aston Villa with a fractured cheekbone, and will spend around three weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.
James Chester and Matt Targett are back in training after their respective injuries with Marvelous Nakamba – who had collided with Kodjia in training – fit and available.
West Ham have two players missing – Michail Antonio and Winston Reid. Antonio has had surgery on a hamstring injury he sustained last month, which may see him sidelined until the new year. Reid also remains out of action with a serious knee injury.
How to watch
Aston Villa vs West Ham is live on Monday Night Football with Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in the studio from 7pm; kick-off 8pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
- Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 18 home league games against West Ham (W8 D8 L2) – 1-2 in January 2006 and 0-2 in February 2014.
- West Ham are looking to secure back-to-back league victories against Aston Villa for the first time since January 2006, having beating them 2-0 in their last meeting in February 2016.
- Aston Villa have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games on a Monday (D5 L10), beating Sunderland 6-1 in April 2013.
- West Ham’s return of seven points (W2 D1 L1) from their opening four Premier League games is their best start to a season since 2012-13, when they also won seven points under Sam Allardyce.
- Aston Villa have lost 15 of their last 17 Premier League matches (W1 D1 L15), including three of their four this season (W1 D0 L3).
- West Ham striker Sebastien Haller has scored three goals in three Premier League games this season and has been involved in 21 goals in his last 25 top-flight appearances across spells at Eintracht Frankfurt and the Hammers (15 goals, 6 assists).
- The two most-fouled players in the Premier League this season are Aston Villa midfielders John McGinn (15) and Jack Grealish (13).
Charlie Nicholas’ prediction
Charlie Nicholas’ prediction: This is a very good return set of fixtures. Manuel Pellegrini is a smart man, and he likes to get a nice balance. Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble will be back in. People are far too excited about Declan Rice, with lots of mistakes and clumsiness there, as is the predictability with West Ham. They do look to have found a man with goals in Sebastian Haller, who poses a physical presence too.
Aston Villa have improved, but if they are playing at home, they need Jack Grealish to play 10-15 yards higher up the pitch, I keep saying it. He is a pass master but you want it in the opposition half and not near or on the halfway line. The combination of him and John McGinn is difficult for anyone to control. I like Wesley up front and I like what Villa have at the moment.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Fantasy Football tip
Two popular picks in Sky Sports Fantasy Football will face off in this one. Frederic Guilbert (£4.5m) against Sebastian Haller (£8.2m). Who will come out on top in this fixture? Play Fantasy Football here.