Confirmed Aston Villa v West Ham lineups: Alex Song dropped, Gestede recalled

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Here is how Aston Villa and West Ham United will line up this afternoon...

Aston Villa will be looking to kickstart their survival bid this afternoon as they host West Ham United at Villa Park.

Remi Garde's men have taken just seven points from 17 games this term, but did earn a positive 1-1 draw at Newcastle United last weekend having fallen behind at St. James' Park.

Today, the Frenchman appears to have gone with a midfield diamond, consisting of Carlos Sanchez, Ashley Westwood, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Veretout.

The big change is that Scott Sinclair has been dropped to the bench, with centre forward Rudy Gestede starting up front alongside the in-form Jordan Ayew.

Sinclair joins the likes of Jack Grealish, Adama Traore and Carles Gil on the bench today as Villa search for a victory.

Meanwhile, West Ham aren't in great form themselves, having failed to win in any of the last seven games.

Slaven Bilic's men are missing the injured Winston Reid, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll, and after three 0-0 draws, it's clear that the Hammers are struggling in front of goal.

Today, Enner Valencia starts up front, and will be flanked by Mauro Zarate and Michail Antonio, whilst Alex Song has been dropped to the bench in favour of midfielder Pedro Obiang.

On the bench, Bilic has a number of young players available, including Stephen Hendrie, Josh Cullen, Reece Oxford and 19-year-old forward Djair Parfitt-Williams.

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Brad Guzan
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Alan Hutton
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Jores Okore
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Rudy Gestede
  • Jordan Ayew

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Ciaran Clark, Kieran Richardson, Carles Gil, Jack Grealish, Scott Sinclair, Adama Traoré.

West Ham lineup

Starting:

  • Adrián
  • James Collins
  • Aaron Cresswell
  • Angelo Ogbonna
  • James Tomkins
  • Michail Antonio
  • Cheikhou Kouyaté
  • Mark Noble
  • Pedro Obiang
  • Enner Valencia
  • Mauro Zárate

Substitutes: Darren Randolph, Stephen Hendrie, Carl Jenkinson, Reece Oxford, Josh Cullen, Alexandre Song.

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