Aston Villa hosts West Ham in round 5 of English Premier League. The match will be played on Monday, September 16th at Villa Park (Birmingham)
Aston Villa has finally returned to the elite league. The return was ambiguous. The Lions gained just 3 points of 12 possible after losing 3 matches in 4 rounds. And only Tottenham was a serious rival. Everton could have been called such at a stretch. But the Villans beat this very team. By the way, it was their only match in the championship where they scored more than 1 goal. In general, they have 4 goals scored. Before the start of the Premier League, coach Smith wanted to see 3 new forwards in his squad. Egyptian Trezeguet from Kasimpasa, Spaniard Jota, who played for fellow citizens from Birmingham, and Brazilian Wesley from Brugge. Well, the last one scored at least 13 goals in the Belgian championship in the last season. But the first two are quite dubious enforcement. The clubs and championships in which they played are no stronger than Aston Villa and the Premier League. And they scored modestly as for forwards even in them, to put it mildly. Trezeguet scored 9 goals in Turkey, and Jota scored only 2 in the Championship.
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West Ham started the championship with a loss. Well, nothing is surprising because it met with the champion, Manchester City. Having recovered after losing, the Hammers tied with Brighton. And having recovered completely, they have already gained 2 victories, having conceded only 1 goal in them. Yes, there are already 7 goals conceded. One could tell the team has problems with defense. Nothing of the kind - 5 of them were conceded in one match against Man City. In the last championship, West Ham conceded more than 1 goal away only from recognized leaders, such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United.
The match is unlikely to be very scoring. The hosts do not have insightful forwards, and the visitors go for at least 1 point, which implies their accurate game, primarily in defense. Perhaps the Hammers will not keep a clean sheet at the Villa Park, but they are unlikely to concede more than one time. Except for a meeting with the champion, they did not concede more than 1 goal in this tournament. In the last 7 meetings against the Lions, they also did not concede more than 1 time. In the last 11 visits to Birmingham, West Ham conceded more than one goal only 2 times. The entire line of defense remained virtually unchanged after last season, that is, there is a proper understanding between the players. So, it is unlikely that Aston Villa will be able to score more than 1 goal.
Prediction for the match: Aston Villa to score under 1.5 goals