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West Ham v Aston Villa: Prediction, Tips and Odds

West Ham and Aston Villa should be full of confidence after Thursday's European exploits as they eased into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and Europa Conference League respectively.

The Hammers thrashed Freiburg 5-0 at the London Stadium while Villa - beaten 4-0 by Premier League top-four rivals Tottenham last weekend - put four goals past Ajax at Villa Park and another high-scoring clash looks likely on Sunday.

West Ham v Aston Villa

West Ham v Aston Villa betting tips and predictions

Correct score 2-2 - 12/1

West Ham and Aston Villa had been reliable teams for goals backers to follow even before Thursday's comfortable European last-16 second-leg victories.

There have been over 2.5 goals in five of West Ham's last six Premier League matches, and in nine of Villa's last 10 league outings, and there should be plenty of attacking talent on display this weekend.

The Hammers pose a huge threat with Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Mohammed Kudus reunited in their forward line although their defence remains a concern despite Thursday's clean sheet against Freiburg.

They have conceded 16 goals in their last six league matches, including a 6-0 home defeat to Arsenal, and needed an injury-time equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw with struggling Burnley in their most recent top-flight game at the London Stadium.

The 2-2 correct score is worth chancing again on Sunday. Villa, chasing Champions League qualification under Unai Emery, are slight favourites to win the game but influential midfielder John McGinn is suspended following his red card against top-four rivals Tottenham.

The visitors will be hoping that star striker Ollie Watkins, who has contributed 16 goals and 10 assists in 28 league appearances this term, is passed fit after suffering a cut leg against Ajax.

Villa have not won any of their last eight away fixtures at West Ham and they were on course for a 2-2 draw at Luton in their last league trip before Lucas Digne's 89th-minute winner finally broke the Hatters' resistance.

Mohammed Kudus anytime goalscorer - 11/4

West Ham's Kudus put a gloss on the scoreline against Freiburg with two superb late goals and the Ghana international is well worth backing to score against Villa.

Kudus, signed from Ajax last summer, has been a real hit in his first season at the London Stadium, scoring five goals in seven Europa League appearances.

He claimed three goals in the wins over Wolves and Manchester United just before Christmas, but has not found the net in his last eight Premier League outings.

However, Kudus has racked up 21 shots in his last six matches, including four in the defeat to United at Old Trafford and six in the 4-2 home win over Brentford, so his barren run is likely to end sooner rather than later.

Only top scorer Bowen averages more shots per game than Kudus' 1.8 in the top-flight this term and the 23-year-old also scored twice in two appearances for Ghana in January's Africa Cup of Nations.

Under 4.5 cards in match - 1/1

These Claret and Blue rivals have been well behaved in their recent Premier League meetings and under 4.5 cards is a tempting price on Sunday.

West Ham have picked up only six yellow cards in their last six games against Villa, who have received just four bookings during that time, as well as a red card for Ezri Konsa in their 4-1 home defeat in October 2021.

Villa boss Emery will demand a more disciplined display from his side after McGinn's costly dismissal in last weekend's loss to Spurs and only one card was shown, to West Ham's Emerson, in October's reverse fixture.

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West Ham v Aston Villa Odds

West Ham - 13/8
Draw -
Aston Villa -

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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