West Ham welcome Aston Villa to the London Stadium in the concluding part of a Monday Night Football double-bill from the Premier League.
Victory could see West Ham climb to fifth whereas Villa know that a win could put them as high as fourth if Leicester lose to Fulham in the early game.
Michail Antonio could return for West Ham after missing recent matches with a hamstring injury.
Andriy Yarmolenko is ruled out as he continues to self-isolate after a positive Coronavirus test whilst on international duty with Ukraine earlier this month.
Aston Villa will have Bertrand Traore available after the Burkinabe forward was substituted with a knock last weekend against Brighton, having initially replaced Ross Barkley as a sub himself.
Barkley is ruled out with a hamstring injury and will be joined on sidelines by; Tom Heaton (fitness), Bjorn Engels (thigh) and Wesley (knee) whilst this match is likely to come too soon for Kortney Hause (groin), Keinan Davis (ankle) and Frederic Guilbert (muscle).
- West Ham have lost just one of their last eight meetings against Aston Villa (W2, D5, L1).
- Villa have drawn their only previous trip to the London Stadium (D1), plus are winless in their last five trips to West Ham overall (D3, L2).
- Hammers have kept clean sheets in four of their last five home matches against Villa.
- Villa’s Tyrone Mings has made one last-man tackle in eight league appearances this season compared to none in 33 appearances last season.
- No West Ham players have missed more big chances this season than Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals, who both missed two big chances each.
With one defeat in their last seven league matches, West Ham are in strong form but they did have to work for last week’s win at Sheffield United with just three out of 15 shots on target yet they found that winning goal so will be a tough team for Villa to beat.
Villa meanwhile were simply wasteful of their chances against Brighton in what proved to be an open match in which the Seagulls simply took their chances better, although Dean Smith’s Villains have been better away from home this season with three wins containing clean sheets.
This therefore could be a closely fought contest between two improved teams who have however wasted shots in recent game, so I am going for a draw here.
Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
Result: West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa