Aston Villa Vs West Ham United: Premier League Highlights, Preview and Team News

Villa Park is the setting for the opening match of a new era at the Midlands outfit as they take on the Hammers.

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James Milner has been named in Aston Villa’s squad despite being on the verge of a move to Manchester City.
Defenders James Collins and Carlos Cuellar miss out with respective calf and hamstring injuries, but Curtis Davies should overcome a knee problem.
West Ham could give debuts to summer signings Pablo Barrera, Winston Reid, Tal Ben Haim and Frederic Piquionne.
Thomas Hitzlsperger is set to miss out against his former club after limping out of Germany’s midweek friendly.
Aston Villa
Doubtful: Agbonlahor (hamstring), Davies (knee)
Injured: Collins (calf), Cuellar (hamstring), Delph (knee)
West Ham
Doubtful: Hitzlsperger (thigh)
Injured: Collison, Hines & Kurucz (all knee) (BBC Sport)

Highlights of this game will be posted on this site the moment the final whistle has been blown.

West Ham travel to Villa Park for Avram Grant’s first competitive match in charge of the east London side and they take on a club in something of a period of transition. With Martin O’Neill jumping ship so near to the new season, caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald takes charge of the first team and hopes that all the goings on will not have unduly affected his side.

James Milner has been named in the Midlands side’s squad and if he does indeed play a part in proceedings it will be interesting to hear what kind of reaction he gets from the home support. The Hammers will be fielding a plethora or new faces that they have picked up over the summer and Grant will be looking for his side to start confidently against opposition who could have their minds on other things.

Kevin MacDonald discusses his temporary appointment

MacDonald staying positive at Villa
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