Our match prediction:
While many expected West Ham United to crumble after their four-match winning run ended with a disappointing loss to Newcastle United, the Hammers showed a great deal of character to first hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw in the Premiership before sharing spoils with Liverpool at Anfield to earn a replay in the FA Cup fourth round. As a result, Slaven Bilic's side head into the Aston Villa clash in good spirits and looking to revive their top 4 bid. This will be no easy task despite the fact that their opponents currently sit at Premier League rock bottom, with Remi Garde's charges showed plenty of improvement to embark on a five-match unbeaten run that ended with a 4-0 FA Cup loss to Man City. The heavy defeat is likely to act as a major confidence blow, and that is one of the reasons why we predict that West Ham will record a narrow win on Tuesday evening.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.