Match preview: West Ham v Villa
West Ham v Villa
Libor Kozak, Rudy Gestede and Carlos Sanchez all look set to miss tonight's game with West Ham.
Kozak [ankle], Gestede [hamstring] and Sanchez [hamstring] could be absent after failing to recover from their injuries in time.
Ashley Westwood, who was withdrawn at half-time against Man City, is struggling to make this evening's encounter with a calf problem.
Alan Hutton [hamstring] and Kieran Richardson [calf] are also racing to be fit.
West Ham defender James Tomkins could miss the match after suffering a head injury against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
Sam Byram returns after being cup-tied but fellow new signing Emmanuel Emenike looks likely to miss out as he awaits international clearance.
West Ham are a good side, of course.
They have had a very good season. They have many strong players, many options.
They had a good run in December. When they came to Villa Park, they looked a good side.
That day we responded very well and I am expecting the same attitude from my players to that game.
However, it's not a place that is easy to get points.
We were unlucky in our game against West Ham on Boxing Day, we played well.
We were unlucky to only get a point.
Now we go to West Ham searching for an even better result.
They're a strong team.
But if we play like we did in December we can win the game.
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We are unbeaten in three Premier League games (W1, D2) - the longest run since a five-match streak in December 2014.
We managed a season's best eight shots on target against West Ham in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.
There have been just five goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings between the sides.
The fixture at Upton Park has ended goalless in each of the previous two seasons.
The Hammers have only lost one of their last 10 league matches (W3, D6).
Nikica Jelavic has scored in his last two Premier League appearances against us.
The Hammers have conceded a league-low two headed goals this season in the Premier League.
On the road, we have drawn three of our last five top-flight games (L2), after losing six in a row before that.
Each of our last five Premier League goals have all come in the second half, with each of their last 13 coming after 40 minutes of play.
Jordan Ayew has bagged five of our last 10 top-flight goals.
We have used only 53 subs this season in the league, fewer than any other Premier League side.
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