West Ham v Aston Villa Match Preview

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Paul LambertAston Villa will want a better campaign than last season when they flirted with relegation and their opening game is away to newly promoted West Ham (6/5 to win the match) is the first Premier League game under Paul Lambert. Half of the 16 Premier League matches Aston Villa have played at Upton Park have ended in draws (23/10 Match to be drawn). West Ham began their 2010-11 Premier League campaign against Aston Villa. They lost 3-0 at Villa Park and went on to be relegated at the end of the season.

West Ham (4/5 to score first) have lost their last two opening day fixtures since beginning with a 2-0 win at Wolves three years ago. Sam Allardyce's West Ham ended last season with seven wins in their last nine matches and just one defeat in 21 games. This run included all three play-off matches.

The Hammers ended the 2010-11 Premier League campaign with nine winless matches. Their last top-flight victory was a 3-0 home triumph against Stoke in March 2011.However Sam Allardyce's side ended last season with seven wins in their last nine matches and just one defeat in 21 games. This run included all three play-off matches.

Villa (12/5 to win the match) have failed to win in their last five away opening Premier League fixtures of the season, since a 1-0 victory at Newcastle in 1999. They ended last season with just one victory in their last 16 league matches and recorded just seven league wins last term, their fewest in a top-flight season since the 1890-91 campaign - when only 12 teams competed.

Striker Darren Bent (5/1 First goal Scorer) is two away from scoring his 150th league goal. The club won only twice in 17 league matches without him last season.

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