Villa v West Ham stats: Hosts eager for more home comforts
Villa have suffered just one defeat in their last six encounters with West Ham, coming in Paul Lambert's first game in charge of the club.
It's fair to say that the Scot has remoulded the side since then, with the claret and blues picking up seven points in their last three matches against sides beneath them in the table.
West Ham fall into that category and suffered a blow in midweek with the news that record signing Andy Carroll's red card from the weekend's win over Swansea would not be rescinded.
The England forward had a hand in both goals in the victory and will be missed by a side that has struggled at the business end this season.
Only Fulham have failed to score in more matches on the road than the Hammers, who have picked up just five points from the last 24 possible away from home.
Nevertheless, troubles in front of goal are not new to the Londoners, who won't have particularly fond memories of their past few visits to Villa Park.
Indeed, just one West Ham player has scored in their previous six trips to face the Villans, with a late Diego Tristan strike enough to cancel out an Emile Heskey opener in 2009.
The home side are unbeaten in that run in turn, winning the last two encounters between the teams in front of the Villa Park faithful.
A closer look at the Barclays Premier League team statistics from this season shows that a number of Villa's figures at home have outweighed those of West Ham on the road.
Sam Allardyce's men have averaged just 9.8 shots per game away from home in the current campaign, with only Fulham and Hull registering less, while they've only conceded fewer shots per game than the Cottagers and Cardiff on their travels (19.4).
Meanwhile, Paul Lambert's men are finding their feet in front of goal once again, not least in their last home match against the Baggies.
Over the last six top-flight matches, in which Villa have netted at least once in each, only six sides have scored more than Villa's 10 despite having faced the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton in that run.
Summer signing Leandro Bacuna has scored in consecutive games, notching three in just eight league starts at Villa Park, while a return to fitness and form from Christian Benteke has seen the Belgian have a hand in five of the side's last eight goals.
There's clearly reason for Villa to be optimistic at both ends on Saturday as they look to solidify their standing in 10th with another three points.
Find yet more statistics on Aston Villa and the rest of the Premier League, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings at WhoScored.com. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @martinlaurence7 on Twitter.
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