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July 26, 2020 11:06 pm
Game: West Ham vs Aston Villa
Date: Sunday 26th July
Competition: Premier League
Venue: London Stadium
Kick-off: 4pm, live on BT Sport
Aston Villa’s Premier League fate will be decided on the final day of the season when they take on West Ham in the capital.
A superb display in the 1-0 win against Arsenal on Tuesday night saw the Villans lift themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time since February.
And another win against West Ham will secure their place in the top-flight, provided Watford don’t better their winning margin by two or more goals.
The Hammers confirmed survival with a 1-1 draw at Old Traford on Wednesday night, with Michail Antonio scoring again.
No player in the league has scored more times since the Premier League’s resumption, with Antonio bagging eight goals.
When the teams met earlier in the season, they played out a 0-0 draw at Villa Park.
Aston Villa have won two of their last three Premier League games (D1), as many as they had in their previous 15 in the competition (W2 D3 L10).
Aston Villa are looking to avoid being the tenth side to fail to record a clean sheet on the road in a Premier League campaign. For the Villans, it would be the second occasion that they’ve not had a shutout away from home in a single season in the competition (also, 2010/11).
Trézéguet has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 30 in the competition.
Aston Villa and West Ham have met on 111 occasions, dating back to their first game in 1913.
Villa have won 38 times, drawn 33 and lost 40 games against the Hammers.
Dean Smith ruled Ahmed Elmohamady out of the game with a hamstring injury sustained against Arsenal.
However, he hopes to have Neil Taylor back as the defender recovers from his own hamstring problem.
West Ham boss David Moyes has no new injury concerns following a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in midweek.
Robert Snodgrass has missed every game since the Premier League’s resumption, but he could feature on Sunday.
“The mindset is to play with the same belief and confidence as we have done over the last few weeks.
“If we go and do that, we can get a win at West Ham. We’re also mindful of the fact that although they’re safe now, they’ve been very good recently.
“They had a massive win against Watford and a big point against a really in-form Manchester United in the week.”