Aston Villa welcome West Ham United to Villa Park on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) as Tim Sherwood’s men look to climb further away from the bottom three.
Currently the Villans have 34 points but there are five teams in and around them who are all within three points of going down. It will be a tight, tense affair in the Midlands but as long as Villa’s star striker, and the PL Player of the Month for April, Christian Benteke, is doing the business then they have a chance.
West Ham beat Burnley last weekend for their first win in 12 games as Sam Allardyce’s men moved back into the top 10. An interesting sidenote: West Ham could qualify for the Europa League through the Fair Play rules after England was awarded an extra slot this week.
In team news Villa and West Ham are both unchanged after their victories last weekend, while Gabriel Agbonlahor returns to the bench for Villa.
Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna, Okore, Vlaar, Richardson, Westwood, Cleverley, Delph, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Benteke. Subs: Guzan, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Senderos, Cole, Hutton, Sanchez
West Ham: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Burke, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate; Downing, Nolan, Amalfitano; Valencia. Subs: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Cullen, Song, Nene, Cole, Jarvis