Aston Villa vs West Ham LIVE: Premier League updates

Aston Villa vs West Ham LIVE: Premier League updates
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Match Preview: Aston Villa vs West Ham on 31/10/2021

Follow all the action as Aston Villa host West Ham United in the Premier League this afternoon.

Pressure is starting to build on Dean Smith after a disappointing start to the season, with Villa currently sitting in 15th, having won just three of their nine games this season. Victory could propel Villa up into 11th, but they come into the fixture on the back of three successive defeats, the last of which, at Arsenal, saw Smith’s side thoroughly outclassed. The head coach batted away criticism this week, though, insisting any negativity had been blown out of proportion and that he expected a positive response from his squad.

West Ham, meanwhile, come into the match full of confidence after a brilliant start to their own campaign. David Moyes’s side sit fourth in the Premier League table, have won their last four games in all competitions, and are on the brink of securing their place in the Europa League knockout stages, too. The Hammers dumped holders Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup on penalties on Wednesday and won’t want to cede any momentum after such a fine run of results. Follow all the action live below:


Aston Villa vs West Ham

Here’s more from Moyes: “Overall we’re on a good run. The players have done well so they deserve the opportunity to go again. I think our play in the final third can be better. I think we can be more clinical, certainly taking more of the opportunities that we’ve been making. I’ve been on at them a little bit to make sure they’re on it today.

“It’s about building on it [West Ham’s start], getting better, winning more games. We’re in a good run of form and we want to keep it going.”

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:09

Aston Villa vs West Ham

While Dean Smith has been playing down concerns over his side’s form, David Moyes has been revelling in West Ham’s phenomenal start to the season. The Hammers ended Manchester City’s reign in the Carabao Cup in midweek and could move level with the Premier League champions with three points today.

“I think we can play better,” Moyes tell Sky Sports after naming an unchanged team for the second week in a row in the Premier League.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:06

Aston Villa vs West Ham

Leeds have just beaten Norwich 2-1 in this afternoon’s first Premier League fixture, as the Canaries remain winless.

Raphinha and Rodrigo struck to earn Leeds their second win of the season, and they move to 10 points in the table – level on points with Villa ahead of their clash with West Ham.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 15:55

Aston Villa vs West Ham: Smith plays down concerns

How much pressure is Aston Villa boss Dean Smith under today? His side have lost three straight matches in the Premier League and judging by his decision to drop captain Tyrone Mings, he knows urgent action is needed to turn the club’s run of form around.

The Villa manager played down concerns over their recent spell, however, and insists the narrative that he is under pressure has come from “social media”.

“We’ve had two narrow defeats against Tottenham and Wolves, and we were comfortable in the Wolves game and we’ve had one bad half of football where we were terrible but when they were very good,” he said.

“The players don’t need any reminding of that. They know that. But the second half (at Arsenal) is certainly more of what we need and what we want. So, the players know where they are.

“They’re good enough to compete and have shown that already against the likes of Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham. But we need to put that right this Sunday.

“It hasn’t been anywhere near a disaster. If our performances were disastrous, I would be a lot more worried than I am.”

Dean Smith plays down concerns over Aston Villa’s losing run

Villa have lost three successive Premier League matches for the first time since the summer of 2020.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 15:50

Aston Villa vs West Ham: Team news

Interesting team news there for Villa, who have ditched their 3-5-2 formation following last Friday’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. Tyrone Mings has been dropped to the bench by manager Dean Smith while Douglas Luiz and Danny Ings are out. Axel Tuanzebe is the fourth change. Leon Bailey, Jacob Ramsey, Kortney Hause and Marvelous Nakamba come in to the team.

West Ham’s team is much more straight forward. They are unchanged from last weekend’s 1-0 win over Tottenham as they look to continue their fine run under David Moyes.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 15:40

Aston Villa vs West Ham: Team news

Villa XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba, Ramsey; Bailey, Buendia, Watkins

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Johnson, Ogbonna, Zouma, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antonio

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 15:30

Aston Villa host high-flying West Ham

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Aston Villa host West Ham in the Premier League this afternoon.

Dean Smith is starting to feel the pressure after a disappointing start to Villa’s season, leaving the club languishing in 15th, and needs a positive performance from his side ahead of what could be a decisive month for his tenure.

The mood could hardly be more contrasting for West Ham, who are enjoying a spectacular run of form. David Moyes’s side can go three points clear of Manchester United in fourth with a win this afternoon, have all but secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages and dumped holders Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup during the week.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 12:23


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