BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Aston Villa v West Ham

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today's game between Aston Villa and West Ham.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his weekly BBC prediction column that Aston Villa will rack up another win this weekend, as they take on West Ham United.

Villa were struggling under previous boss Paul Lambert, but are now flying under new manager Tim Sherwood, winning six of their 12 games with the ex-Tottenham boss in charge.

With an FA Cup final against Arsenal on the horizon, Villa have momentum, and now sit two points clear of the relegation zone.

After beating Everton 3-2 at Villa Park last weekend, Villa are once again at home today, taking on a West Ham side who have won just three times in 2015.

Manager Sam Allardyce is under increasing pressure and looks likely to leave Upton Park when his contract expires this summer, but will be keen to prove to the West Ham board that he can still impress in the Premier League.

West Ham have little to play for whilst Villa have everything on the line, so it's little surprise to see BBC pundit Lawrenson predict a win for Sherwood's Villa, suggesting that the game will end 2-0 to Villa - which would of course be a crucial result in their fight against relegation.

"Villa's victory over Everton was also a very important one for them in their relegation fight," he said. "In the end it probably should have been more comfortable."

They look a completely different team under Tim Sherwood compared to when Paul Lambert was in charge, especially in terms of their options going forward and how confident they look in front of goal. One more win will probably put Villa safe, and I think they will get it against West Ham," added Lawrenson.

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