CONFIRMED: West Ham and Aston Villa line-ups

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Here is how West Ham United and Aston Villa will line-up for this afternoon’s match:

West Ham starting XI: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Collins, Downing, Nobel, Song, Kouyate, Valencia, Sakho

West Ham subs: Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Tomkins, Carroll, O'Brien, Amilfitano, Cole

Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Baker, Vlaar, Lowton, Cissokho, Westwood, Sanchez, N'Zogbia , Cleverley, Weimann, Agbonlahor

Aston Villa subs: Given, Clark, Bacuna, Cole, Senderos, Richardson, Bent

West Ham United will look to continue their fine start to the season when they take on Aston Villa at Upton Park this afternoon.

West Ham are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 10 games played, while today’s opponents have seen their fine early season form slip to leave them just one point outside the relegation zone.

Paul Lambert will want an upturn in fortunes as soon as possible but that will be tricky against the Hammers.

Sam Allardyce’s side have kept clean-sheets against Villa in three of their last four encounters and if they can do the same again they have the fire-power to ensure a relatively easy victory. But Villa will want to channel the form they showed back in August and September so anything could happen in this match.

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