Friday, April 15, 2011

East London Escape? West Ham v. Aston Villa, 16 April 2011, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Villa looked the part of the home team last week against Newcastle United, with James Collins the hero of a one-nil win.  This weekend, Villa travel to Upton Park, where color-stealers West Ham United await.  The Hammers come into the match in a precarious 18th, but still just 5 points back of Villa, who sit in 14th position.  A win for Villa would all but assure Premier League safety, and cast serious doubts on West Ham's survival (meaning Olympic Stadium would be a Championship Ground).

Last time Villa played West Ham was the season opener at Villa Park, with Kevin MacDonald in the manager's chair and James Milner in midfield (scoring his farewell goal in front of the Holte End).  The match will also be Ashley Young's 250th career league appearance.  Villa have everyone fit, and should name a similar side to the one that beat Newcastle, which will also make the match Gabby Agbonlahor's 200th start for the Villa.

The Capital Villans will be at Lucky Bar tomorrow for the live broadcast of the match, at 10:00 a.m. EDT.  Come join us!

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