West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa Highlights
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Venue: Upton Park
Date: Saturday, 18 August
Kick off: 15:00
Half of the 16 Premier League matches Aston Villa have played at Upton Park have ended in draws.
West Ham have won only two of their last 11 Premier League home meetings with Villa; a 2-1 triumph in 2009 and a 4-0 win in 2005.
The home side has won on eight of nine previous between the clubs in August, including 7-2 and 5-2 West Ham wins in 1958 and 1960 respectively. The only result to buck this trend was the 2-2 draw at Villa Park in 1999.
West Ham began their 2010-11 Premier League campaign against Aston Villa. They lost 3-0 at Villa Park and went on to be relegated at the end of the season.
West Ham have lost their last two opening day fixtures since beginning with a 2-0 win at Wolves three years ago.
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham ended last season with seven wins in their last nine matches and just one defeat in 21 games. This run included all three play-off matches.
The Hammers ended the 2010-11 Premier League campaign with nine winless matches. Their last top-flight victory was a 3-0 home triumph against Stoke in March 2011.
Allardyce is taking charge of his 324th Premier League match – the only Englishmen with more are Harry Redknapp (593) and Alan Curbishley (328).
Villa have failed to win in their last five away opening Premier League fixtures of the season, since a 1-0 victory at Newcastle in 1999.
Aston Villa ended last season with just one victory in their last 16 league matches.
Villa recorded just seven league wins last term, their fewest in a top-flight season since the 1890-91 campaign – when only 12 teams competed.
Darren Bent is two away from scoring his 150th league goal. The club won only twice in 17 league matches without him last season.