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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Aston Villa v West Ham: Can Villa escape the bottom three?


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Aston Villa were given a huge boost yesterday as fellow relegation battlers QPR, Wigan and Reading all lost, meaning victory today could see them jump out of the drop zone. But standing in their way is a West Ham side looking to win the battle of claret and blue.

Paul Lambert has endured a horrific past few weeks - hammered in the league and knocked out of both cup competitions - but is there light at the end of the tunnel? Last weekend they should have left Everton with all three points. They were 3-1 up at Goodison. Not many teams find themselves in that position. But there old defensive frailities cost them dearly.

West Ham will be looking to exploit Villa's defensive weaknesses with the height and strength of Andy Carroll. The on-loan Liverpool man looked full of beans against Swansea and will be looking to get a good few games and goals under his belt between now and the end of the season.

Aston Villa haven't won in eight league games and conceded a whopping 29 times in the process. If they lose today they will equal their top flight record club record five-match home losing streak set in 1963.

West Ham are on course to do the double over Villa for the first time since 2005-06. Can they get the job done or will Villa's miraculous escape act start now? Our pundits have their say.

Aston Villa v West Ham; Kick Off 1.30pm February 10 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

0

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

0

V

3

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

0

V

2

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

TBA

V

TBA

Reading

Jon Keen

0

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

0

V

3

Stoke City

Peter Holland

3

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

2

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

3

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

3

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

2

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

0

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

TBA

V

TBA

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

2

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Too close to call.

Home: 8; Draw: 10; Away: 13. TBA 3.

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