Aston Villa vs West Ham by FP

Sacking Tim Sherwood and replacing him with a manager who had no Premier League or even English football managerial experience was seen as a risk by most fans, but even those who supported the decision must now be changing their minds after Remi Garde’s appointment has seemingly not done anything to stop Aston Villa’s decline and apparently pending relegation to the Championship.


Like him or not, Tim Sherwood had passion and would get his players to fight for him and passion seems to be missing from this current Villa side who up until the Newcastle game were playing as though they have given up, like relegation was a foregone conclusion. They may not be wrong either, as Villa are rooted to the foot of the table on a measly 7 points, some 10 points adrift from safety. One frightening statistic for Villa fans is that no team has ever avoided relegation after having less than ten points at Christmas.


There was some encouraging signs to give hope to Remi Garde however as his team finished the game pressing for a winner at St James Park. On the face of it a 1-1 draw away at Newcastle last time out seems a fair result, but three points was certainly there for the taking against another team struggling near the bottom of the table. As it was, Jordan Ayew’s brilliant goal on 61 minutes ensured Villa took away a point which may yet prove decisive if Villa finally get their act together, build on the performance and start picking up a few more points here and there. If Villa are to pull off the impossible and avoid relegation then you would think the goals would come from Rudi Gestede who is by far the most threatening player in the Villa team and is vital to his sides chances.


Slaven Bilic has his West Ham side comfortable in 8th position nearing the half way point and the Hammers should have too much quality to get sucked into a relegation fight. West Ham are on a rather worrying run of form though having failed to win any of their last six successive outings – 5 draws and a 4-1 defeat to Tottenham. Even more worrying is that West Ham have failed to score a goal so far in December and have gone over five and a half hours of football since their last goal (Zarate’s strike after 17 minutes away at West Brom). Confidence is likely to be low going into this match and the form of West Ham is sure to give Aston Villa some encouragement that they have a chance of claiming a well overdue three points.


This will not be a pretty match, but based on West Ham’s recent downturn and an encouraging performance by Aston Villa last time out I will take a chance on Villa securing a much needed three points at Villa Park and giving their long suffering fans an overdue Christmas present. I will however be backing in the draw no bet market so I get my stake back if the game ends in a draw.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Aston Villa, draw no bet 10bet 1.80 8 1-1 PUSH (Stake return)
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