Aston Villa take on West Ham in the Premier League on Monday night, in what should be a compelling affair at Villa Park.
Villa have had a pretty iffy start to the season, with just the one victory against Everton coming in the middle of three losses.
The Hammers, on the other hand, will be very pleased with their start to the 2019/20 campaign. A loss on the opening day to Manchester City is nothing to be ashamed of, but they followed that up with seven points from a possible nine.
Both teams will be searching for the three points and nothing less. Here is 90min's preview of the game.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Monday 16 September|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Villa Park|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (UK)|
Where to Buy Tickets
Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams' official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.
For Villa, three players are ruled out with injury. James Chester and Matt Targett are suffering with thigh problems, whilst Jonathon Kodjia is set to miss the fixture due to a head injury.
New signing Trezeguet is also out due to suspension.
The Hammers have just two injury problems. Winston Reid is set to return later this month after sustaining a knee injury, while Michail Antonio is out for a few months with a hamstring injury.
|Aston Villa||Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor; McGinn, Luiz, Grealish; Jota, Wesley, El Ghazi.|
|West Ham||Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Wesley.|
Head to Head Record
Villa and West Ham have played each other a whopping 110 times, symbolising both teams' statures as major Premier League sides.
The Hammers just about lead the head to head record with 40 wins to Villa's 38, with 32 draws also being played out.
They last played each other back in 2016 at Upton Park, with the home side coming out the victors in a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate.
West Ham are unbeaten in their last four games - if you include the Carabao Cup game against Newport County - and will hope to continue this run at Villa Park on Monday.
Sebastien Haller is in fine form of late too, with three goals in his last two games.
|Aston Villa||West Ham|
|Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (31/8)||West Ham 2-0 Norwich (31/8)|
|Crewe 1-6 Aston Villa (27/8)||Newport 0-2 West Ham (27/8)|
|Aston Villa 2-0 Everton (23/8)||Watford 1-3 West Ham (24/8)|
|Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth (17/8)||Brighton 1-1 West Ham (17/8)|
|Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa (10/8)||West Ham 0-5 Manchester City (10/8)|
Villa have been playing well so far this season, but just haven't been getting the results they need and probably deserve.
However, in front of their home crowd, they will be willed on and as a result determined to get their second win in the league this season.
West Ham won't make this easy though. A side full of technically gifted players, like Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson, will always be hard to beat.
As a result, the two sides will cancel each other out in what should be an entertaining draw.