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2013-02-09T10:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:19:39

Aston Villa match preview





• West Ham United make the trip to Villa Park buoyed by Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Swansea City, their first success in seven fixtures in all competitions.

• The Hammers are in the hunt for a first double of the 2012/13 campaign, courtesy of a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture on the opening day. While Sunday's meeting also presents an opportunity to record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

• Sam Allardyce's side go in search of a first away win since 11 November 2012, when Kevin Nolan's first-half goal earned them all three points at Newcastle United. The Hammers have endured a tough time on the road ever since, taking just a solitary point from the next 21 available.

• The Hammers' last away win against Aston Villa was on 14 January 2006, when Bobby Zamora cancelled out Lee Hendrie's opener, before Marlon Harewood settled the contest from the penalty spot. In their five subsequent visits to Villa Park, West Ham have lost three and drawn twice, scoring just once in the process.

• Aston Villa, meanwhile, are enduring a turbulent time in the Premier League, as they languish in 19th place, with just 21 points. The Villans have not won any of their last eight league contests, five of which ended in defeat.

• Paul Lambert's side have not fared well at Villa Park this term, recording just two league wins and netting only nine goals in a dozen home fixtures.

Last time out

• West Ham United continued their impressive form at the Boleyn Ground, as they saw off Captital One Cup finalists Swansea City. Despite goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel's heroics, the visitor's resistance was broken with 12 minutes to play, when Andy Carroll rose to convert Mark Noble's corner. Michael Laudrup's side launched a late surge for a point, but the Hammers stood firm to seal a first win since New Year's Day.    

Barclays Premier League
Saturday 2 February 2013
West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Taylor, Vaz Te, Noble, Nolan (Pogatetz 90), Diame (O'Neil 86), Jarvis (J.Cole 62), Carroll
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collison, C.Cole, Chamakh
Goal: Carroll 78

Barclays Premier League
Saturday 2 February 2013
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Clark, Bennett, Lowton, El Ahmadi (Holman 82), N'Zogbia (Sylla 79), Westwood, Agbonlahor (Baker 90), Benteke, Weimann
Subs not used: Given, Dawkins, Bent, Bowery
Goals: Benteke 2, 61, Agbonlahor 24

Previous meeting

• The sides last met on the opening day of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign, as the Hammers marked their return to the top flight with a 1-0 win at the Boleyn Ground. Sam Allardyce's side netted the winner five minutes before the interval, when skipper Kevin Nolan turned home Ricardo Vaz Te's cross.

• The teams that day were:

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, McCartney (O'Brien 71), Noble, Nolan (Tomkins 73), Diame, Vaz Te, Cole (Maiga 81), Taylor
Subs not used: Henderson, Diarra, O'Neil, Maynard
Goal: Nolan 40

Aston Villa: Given, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Lowton, Ireland, El Ahmadi, N'Zogbia (Gardner 74), Delph (Bannan 77, Bent, Holman (Weimann 61)
Subs not used: Guzan, Lichaj, Herd, Gardner, Burke


• West Ham United and Aston Villa have met in a total of 106 competitive fixtures, of which the Hammers have won 38, Villa 37 and 31 have ended in draws.

• The first-ever meeting between the two clubs proved to be a forgettable one for West Ham United, who were beaten 5-0 at Villa Park in the FA Cup second round on 1 February 1913.

• West Ham United's largest victory over Aston Villa came in Division One on 30 August 1958, when the newly-promoted Hammers won 7-2 at the Boleyn Ground. A 30,506-strong crowd saw John Dick, Vic Keeble and Malcolm Musgrove score twice apiece and Bill Lansdowne once.

• Sam Allardyce faced Aston Villa five times as a manager during the 2009/10 season, when his Blackburn Rovers side were eliminated from the FA Cup and League Cup by the Villans.

• West Ham United's all-time record goalscorer Vic Watson netted 18 goals in 15 appearances against Aston Villa, including three hat-tricks in November 1926, December 1929 and April 1930.

• Marlon Harewood scored West Ham United's most-recent Premier League hat-trick when he bagged three times in a 4-0 home win over Aston Villa on 12 September 2005. He later went on to play for Villa.

• A total of 15 West Ham United players have made their debuts against today's opponents Aston Villa - Alfred Earl, Ernest England, Alvin Martin, Carlos Tevez, Winston Reid, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne, Archibald Macauley, Ian Crawford, Bill Green, Craig Forrest, Paulo Alves, Matthew Upson, Mohamed Diame and Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Last six meetings

(Premier League unless stated)
18 August 2012 - West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa
16 April 2011 - West Ham United 1-2 Aston Villa
14 August 2010 - Aston Villa 3-0 West Ham United
17 January 2010 - Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham United
4 November 2009 - West Ham United 2-1 Aston Villa
18 April 2009 - Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United

Overall record v Aston Villa (all competitions) W 38 D 31 L 37

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Aston Villa

2011/12 Premier League 16th (38 points)
2010/11 Premier League 9th (48 points)
2009/10 Premier League 6th (64 points)
2008/09 Premier League 6th (62 points)
2007/08 Premier League 6th (60 points)
2006/07 Premier League 11th (50 points)
2005/06 Premier League 16th (42 points)
2004/05 Premier League 10th (47 points)
2003/04 Premier League 6th (56 points)
2002/03 Premier League 16th (45 points)


• Sunday's referee is Mark Clattenburg, whose last West Ham United game was the 2-1 home win over Norwich City on New Year's Day.

• Clattenburg was the man with the whistle for the stunning 4-0 win against Manchester United in the League Cup fifth round back in November 2010

• The 37-year-old was the man in the middle for the Championship Play-Off semi-final first leg in May 2004 when Ipswich Town won 1-0 against the visiting West Ham.

• Clattenburg has been on the Select List since 2004, the same year he took charge of the Division Three Play-Off final between Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

• After becoming a FIFA official in 2006 at the age of 31, Clattenburg has taken control of a number of international and UEFA Champions League matches.

• Clattenburg will be assisted by Steve Child and Simon Beck, while Michael Oliver will be the fourth official at Villa Park.

Team news

West Ham United

• Sam Allardyce has almost a full complement to choose from with Jack Collison, Emanuel Pogatetz and Mohamed Diame among those to have returned unscathed from international duty.

• Defensive duo James Collins (hamstring) and George McCartney (knee) are West Ham's only absentees, while Wellington Paulista is still plying his trade in the Development Squad for the time being.

Aston Villa

• Paul Lambert may be without former Crewe Alexandra midfielder Ashley Westwood, who has been suffering with a bug this week.

• Midfielders Karim El Ahmadi (knee) and Fabian Delph (ankle) are both expected to be fit.

• Centre-back Richard Dunne (hip and groin) is still out: 

Old boys

• James Collins swapped east London for Birmingham on 1 September 2009 for an undisclosed fee after making 65 appearances in all competitions for West Ham United, scoring two goals. The Wales centre-back returned to West Ham on 1 August 2012, having scored six goals in 109 games for the Villans.

• Carlton Cole would be playing against the team where he spent the 2004/05 season on loan. Cole scored three goals in 30 league and cup appearances for Aston Villa.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Billy Askew, Alan Curbishley, Mervyn Day, Marlon Harewood, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Ray Houghton, David James, Fred Norris, Nigel Reo-Coker, Tony Scott, Les Sealey, Nolberto Solano, Tommy Southren, David Unsworth and Phil Woosnam.

General information

Tickets are now on General Sale and can only be purchased on the day of the fixture from Aston Villa. Tickets will be available from midday, from the the Away Ticket Kiosk on Witton Lane. For full ticket information, click here.  

Sunday is set for a cold and wet afternoon, with heavy rain forecast and temperatures likely to be hovering at around 3C (38F). 

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