⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by ironilunga » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:33 am

It is of course only one game. However, as others have mentioned I think this game will give some clues as to whether we are the real deal in respect to being genuine top 6 contenders. A game that Villa will see as a home banker but one we must see as an opportunity to start flexing our muscles in this league.

Are we a solid midtable team or are we something different this year?

1-3 (Haller 2, Rice)

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Hammer in Hornchurch » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:59 pm

9th would be and improvement, anything above is a bonus.
The question would be whether that is enough to convince our better players, Haller, Rice, and Anderson etc to stick around for at least another season.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Hammer in Hornchurch » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:00 pm

Sorry, wrong thread - previous post

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Patito » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:05 pm

Still feels ages away this one.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by GwentHammers » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:27 pm

Haven"t been to Villa for a few years (as much their fault for getting relegated than mine .... )

which is the away pub as hoping to pick up a spare !

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Puff Daddy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:08 pm

I read Charlie Nicholas's 'expert' pre match analysis of this match a little earlier and noted his summary that Jack Wilshere will come back in. Err.... no he won't Charlie and he thinks we'll lose 2-1 by the way. Err.. No we wont Charlie ''

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Macca1973 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:41 am

Puff Daddy wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:08 pm
I read Charlie Nicholas's 'expert' pre match analysis of this match a little earlier and noted his summary that Jack Wilshere will come back in. Err.... no he won't Charlie and he thinks we'll lose 2-1 by the way. Err.. No we wont Charlie ''
Posted about this in the Declan Rice thread but I feel it needs to be put here and people read it and take a minute to think about it, this is from Charlie’s Villa v West Ham prediction!

‘People are far too excited about Declan Rice, with lots of mistakes and clumsiness there’

Wow. This is someone who watches and talks about football for a living :shock:

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Kludgehammer » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:48 am

Croydon wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:02 pm
That's Burnley, friend.
Rocketron wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:31 am
:oops:
David Cameron - is that you?

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Graza » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:13 am

ironilunga wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:33 am
It is of course only one game. However, as others have mentioned I think this game will give some clues as to whether we are the real deal in respect to being genuine top 6 contenders. A game that Villa will see as a home banker but one we must see as an opportunity to start flexing our muscles in this league.

Are we a solid midtable team or are we something different this year?

1-3 (Haller 2, Rice)
I quite agree that this is another solid test and a good indication of how we might do this year.

So far we've been spanked by man city which was annoying but nothing more. Got a point away at a team that usually have a hoodoo over us. Played well and beat a Watford team, who will be wanting to be in the same area of the table as us, away. Had a professional outing in the league cup. Took Norwich apart and were unlucky not to have the score reflect that.

So a fairly positive mixed bag, but as Pellegrini himself said we have to be taking 3 points from these sorts of games if we want to be where we want to be at the end of the season.

If we actually show some focus and key players show up we should have more than enough. However focus, away, against newly promoted or bottom half teams has not been our standard in recent seasons.

A score draw wouldn't surprise me but I'll go 1-2 with Villa scoring first.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by claretnblueglasses » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:58 am

We’ve certainly been guilty of lacking urgency from the start in these sort of fixtures in the past - something which the top sides don’t do.

We may have more talent than them on the pitch but if we don’t match their work ethic we won’t come away with anything.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by OohAahButler » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:33 pm

Agree 100%, claretnblue.
The performance against Norwich was excellent, but let’s not put too much of a positive gloss on what came before: Watford we looked good going forward, but were lucky not to concede at least as many as we scored, the point at Brighton was against the run of play (a good trait to have, I know) and we made hard work of it at Newport.
I think Noble is key. He needs to set the tempo from the outset and make sure we’re up for it from the get-go. We’ve certainly got enough to play Villa off the park, but only if enough of our players want it.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by artlin » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:53 pm

A win on Monday could see us in top 4

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by AmzP » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:09 pm

artlin wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:53 pm
A win on Monday could see us in top 4


At this rate......level on points with city :lol:

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by BondsoBob » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:19 pm

F@@k it! I want the league title! Nothing less will do!
As a Hammer since 1964 I feel its the least I deserve.
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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by bubbles1966 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:26 pm

A huge test of character for our lot because the opportunity to go anywhere between top 3-5 is glaring. We bottled going up a level every time last year.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by prophet:marginal » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:33 pm

So, joint second, Monday, 2200.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by OohAahButler » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:33 pm

BondsoBob wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:19 pm
F@@k it! I want the league title! Nothing less will do!
As a Hammer since 1964 I feel its the least I deserve.
:shock:
As a Hammer since 1964 you should know better.



But I like your thinking!

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by bubbles1966 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:15 pm

I'd put Wilshere in for Yarmolenko in this one.

(4-3-3) Fab: Fred: Arfur: Diop: Ogbonna: Rice: Wilshere: Noble: Lanzini: Anderson: Haller

Subs: Bob: Cresswell: Balbuena: Snodders: Fornals: Yarmolenko: Ajeti

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Chip Korea » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:25 pm

Looking at the table now the top 7 is basically the big 6 plus leicester (the one team who've won the league outside those 6). Everton are 8th, and they're next on the list of big clubs. We're sat there just behind... if we can put in a performance and win this one things are looking very good.

I just dissapointed that the squad could be so much better if we had Byram, Hernandes, Grady [and Antonio fit]. Not saying I have a problem with the club on any individual decision, but i'd argue we're look a lot better if they were all here this year.

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Re: ⚽ Aston Villa v West Ham United: Match Thread

Post by Billydinho » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:00 pm

We could be 2nd, level on points with Man City come Monday.

I’m waiting til that point until I dare to dream of a top seven finish.

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