Aston Villa face West Ham United as they travel to the London Stadium on Sunday, looking to secure all three points this weekend. The Villans recorded a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in their last outing, so they’ll be looking to give a better performance in this away encounter.
Unai Emery will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to make a few changes to the starting XI for this contest. Boubacar Kamara remains sidelined after picking up an injury, so we can expect McGinn to drop back into the central areas allowing Leon Bailey to start in the right-wing position.
4-2-3-1 Aston Villa Predicted XI Vs West Ham United
Emiliano Martinez will function in goal for the Villans after keeping a clean sheet in his last outing. Tyrone Mings will resume his centre-back partnership with Ezri Konsa at the heart of Villa’s defence as they try to keep the opposition at bay throughout the game.
Matty Cash will operate as the right-back, while Alex Moreno proves his worth on the other side as the left-back. Emery will ask both of them to defend their penalty box well and try to create some decent chances going forward.
Lucas Digne and Ashley Young will offer cover for the defensive positions as they take a spot on the bench.
Douglas Luiz will anchor the midfield alongside John McGinn as they focus on dominating the midfield battle and creating some inviting chances for their teammates up top.
Jacob Ramsey will carry most of the creative burden for the West Midlands club on the left flank. Leon Bailey will try to give a good account of himself as a right-sided wide player. Both of them will need to work hard at both ends of the field if the Villans are to come out on top this weekend.
Emi Buendia will act as the advanced attacking midfielder as he looks to make some decisive passes to create enough chances in the front of the goal.
Leander Dendoncker and Boubacar Kamara remain sidelined due to their injuries, so the West Midlands club remains short on options in the midfield department.
Ollie Watkins will lead the charge against the opposition on the attacking end of the field. Both of them would be eager to find the back of the net when they lace up to face off against the West Ham defenders this weekend.
Bertrand Traore will have to be content with a spot on the bench and might come on to make an impact in the latter stages of the game if the Villans are in need of a goal by then.