“It’ll be tough at Villa as they have done ever so well since Tim Sherwood came in. They had a big result against Liverpool in the FA Cup and it’s helped us in the league,” said Downing.
“Going to Villa Park is a difficult game and they’ll probably target us as a winnable game, but if we create our chances like we do and take them better than we have done, I think we can go there and beat them.”
The two clubs are in very different situations but will both be going all out for the victory this weekend.
Villa are fighting to try and put some distance between themselves and the bottom three while West Ham are trying to push as high up the table as possible by the time their final game is over.
West Ham’s win against Burnley last weekend was important because it was the club’s first since they defeated Sunderland in their final game in March.
That should allow them to build a little bit of confidence and momentum over the course of the week in training, which will make them that bit more difficult to beat for Villa.
If the Hammers are going to take anything from the game at Villa Park in a hostile atmosphere, they need to look at what they did well against Burnley, box that up and carry it forward.