Aston Villa vs West Ham United team news: Starting lineups announced as Nicolo Zaniolo call made

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Unai Emery, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 03, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

Aston Villa and West Ham United have unveiled their starting lineups for their first Premier League match after the October international break.

Without a win in their last 10 attempts against the Hammers and, rather incredibly, 14 against teams managed by David Moyes, Villa will be keen to break the curse this afternoon.

Unai Emery’s side head into this one two points and three places ahead of West Ham following results elsewhere in the division this weekend.

Villa can leapfrog Newcastle United and soar to fifth with a win. Today’s visitors can move up to the same position but would have less of a buffer.

Aston Villa vs West Ham lineups

Villa XI: Martinez (GK); Cash, Konsa, Pau, Digne; D. Luiz, Kamara, McGinn, Zaniolo; Diaby, Watkins.

Villa subs: Olsen (GK), D. Carlos, Traore, Chambers, Lenglet, Tielemans, Bailey, Dendoncker, Kellyman.

West Ham XI: Areola (GK); Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Alvarez, Soucek, Ward-Prowse; Paqueta, Bowen, Antonio.

West Ham subs: Fabianski (GK), Fornals, Kudus, Mavropanos, Ings, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Kehrer, Mubama.