West Ham United vs Aston Villa Preview: Fight or Top Flight
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United and John McGinn of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park on September 16, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Aston Villa face a final relegation showdown at the London Stadium against already safe West Ham United.

Villa come into the match on a high after getting a shock victory at home to Arsenal on Tuesday night. The Villans begin the final day in 17th place, ahead of Watford by a single goal.

Fight or flight

The highest Villa can finish is the 17th place they currently occupy. However, given that Villa were seven points adrift before their match against Crystal Palace just two weeks ago, it is a position Dean Smith would grasp with both hands.

They go into the match after being unbeaten in their last three matches for the first time since October. They ended the previous unbeaten run with a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City and victory is not guaranteed on Sunday either.

Despite the fact that they are already safe, West Ham have been in fine form since the restart. The Hammers have lost just twice since football returned and have been counting on the form of surprise star Michail Antonio. Last time out, the Irons secured a battling point at Old Trafford with Antonio netting again.

Fit to stay up?

Veteran right-back Ahmed Elmohamady will miss the finale due to a hamstring injury he sustained against Arsenal. Frederic Guilbert stood in for the Egyptian against the Gunners and will likely keep his place.

In better news for Dean Smith, it is likely that Neil Taylor will be fit enough to return to the squad. The Welsh left-back was injured in Villa’s win over Crystal Palace and has been replaced by Matt Targett. Centre back Kortney Hause also returned to training last week following his own injury.

As for the hosts, they have no new injury concerns. They are able to field former Villa loanee and Holte End favourite Robert Snodgrass, though he is yet to feature since the restart.

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