Aston Villa – West Ham United: Aston Villa Unable To Capitalize Against Ten-Men West Ham In Entertaining Draw (0-0)
Monday night Premier League football saw a clash between Aston Villa and West Ham United. These two sides provided an absorbing back-and-forth contest throughout, despite the 0-0 scoreline.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Dean Smith sent the hosts out in a 4-3-3 formation. There were two changes to the starters from their previous fixture. Anwar El Ghazi came in for the suspended Trézéguet at the left wing position, and Marvelous Nakamba was brought in for a fatigued Douglas Luiz in the base of the midfield. Tom Heaton continued to man the goal for Villa. The four man backline ahead of him was made up of Frédéric Guilbert, Bjorn Engels, Tyrone MIngs and Neil Taylor. Around Nakamba was the dynamic pair of Jack Grealish and John McGinn, while he attacking trio consisted of the wingers Jota Peleteiro and the aforementioned El Ghazi flanking striker Wesley.
Manuel Pellegrini went with an unchanged side for this trip to Villa Park. The visitors lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Their side was spearheaded by Sébastien Haller. The line of four behind him had Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson out wide while Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini would operate more centrally. Declan Rice would patrol the area between the midfield and defensive lines. The back four in front of Łukasz Fabiański had Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku as the fullbacks with Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop in central defense.