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Friday, 17 August 2012

West Ham United v Aston Villa: Can the Villains spoil the Hammers’ return?


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This is arguably the toughest clash of the opening weekend to predict. West Ham United are at home, have made a number of new signings and the fans will be confident of getting the new campaign off to a winning start. However, Villa have been the boss of this fixture over the past few years and Paul Lambert will let his attacking players loose this season. This could be a cracker.

West Ham have only managed one victory over the Villains in the past five seasons but, under Allardyce, the Hammers will be much more direct with their play. Villa fans, who were frustrated by McLeish’s bland style last season, should be on their feet a lot more this season as Lambert aims to get the best out of the likes of Ireland, N’Zogbia and Agbonlahor.

West Ham United v Aston Villa; Kick Off 3pm August 18 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Shub Chaterjee

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

3

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

0

V

3

Man City

Callum Rothwell

3

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

3

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

0

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

2

Reading

Jon Keen

0

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

2

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

TBA

V

TBA

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

1

Spurs

Mike Richards

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

2

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hossiennia    

0       

V    

0

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

0

Panel Verdict

This is going to be tight but West Ham might just have the edge.

Home: 14; Draw: 10; Away: 9. TBA 1.

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