Aston Villa v West Ham United Betting Preview 16/09/2019

The Premier League is the richest football league in the world. Teams must spend a lot of money and work incredibly hard to maintain their position in English football’s top flight.

That’s the job facing Aston Villa this season. They’ve already put in a huge amount of work to make it out of the Championship and the club’s ambitious new owners sanctioned the spending of a lot of money over the summer to bolster their ranks.

The Villa fans are excited about the quality of players added to Dean Smith’s squad but results have tempered that excitement somewhat. Villa have three defeats and just one win to show from their opening four matches of the season and may struggle to improve upon that record when West Ham visit Villa Park on Monday night.

West Ham a Very Good Counter-Attacking Team

West Ham are one of those sides who have been able to hang on to their top flight status following promotion in recent years. The team and club is much changed from that which Sam Allardyce led back into the Premier League in 2012 and with that comes a raising of expectations.

It is no longer enough for West Ham to simply avoid relegation, especially after the club’s owners promised a return to the good times when they swapped Upton Park for Stratford and the former Olympic Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini has bought into West Ham’s ambition. He often speaks about instilling a big club mentality onto his players and suggested that Aston Villa are the sort of team that West Ham should be routinely beating.

The Chilean has made it public that he expects his players to build on their impressive performance against Norwich before the international break. As the away team they’ll need to adjust their play so they’re well organised in defence and capable of utilising their pace, power and guile on the counter-attack.

We think West Ham have enough to win this match but only if they can score more than once. The Irons have plenty of room for improvement in defence and Aston Villa should get on the scoresheet which makes a bet on West Ham to win and both teams to score tempting at 10/3 with Betfred.

If you’re comfortable taking more of a risk, the West Ham 3-1 correct score could return nicely at 20/1 with bet365. The away side have goals in their ranks and can exploit any space left in behind the Aston Villa defence in the latter stages as the home side push on for goals.

Anderson to Threaten From Start to Finish

Felipe Anderson was signed by West Ham for big money with the hope that he could be the sort of attacking talisman that they’ve lacked since Dimitri Payet left East London. It’s fair to say that Anderson has only really shone in fits and spurts but when he’s good, he is very good indeed.

West Ham fans hope that Anderson is only going to get better with a year in England under his belt and even better players to work with. He is a technically gifted player but it’s his pace that could be the big danger to Aston Villa on Monday night.

Anderson is particularly good on the counter-attack and can use his pace to his Villa late on so is a good bet to score the game’s last goal at 9/1 with Betfair.

Betting Tips

West Ham to win and both teams to score at 10/3 with Betfred

West Ham 3-1 correct score at 20/1 with bet365

Felipe Anderson to score last at 9/1 with Betfair

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