To start with, Jack Collison will miss West Ham's Premier League opener against his former club, while Aston Villa summer signing Brett Holman has shaken off a knee problem and the midfielder is included in the squad. Moreover, striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee), defender Richard Dunne (groin) and winger Marc Albrighton (foot) are still sidelined for manager Paul Lambert's first competitive match in charge, under new manager Paul Lambert
Villa finished just two points above the relegation zone last season and supporters are right to expect a considerable improvement this term. In the opposing camp, Sam Allardyce has a grandiose vision of West Ham becoming as big as Arsenal if they can secure a new home at the Olympic Stadium.
The probable opposing squad for the first match between Aston Vill and West Ham United are:
Aston Villa: Given, Guzan, Lowton, Lichaj, Stevens, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Herd, Gardner, Delph, Bent, Weimann, Delfouneso, Warnock, Hutton
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Henderson, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney, O'Brien, Potts, Spence, Diarra, Diame, Noble, Taylor, O'Neil, Nolan, Vaz Te, Maiga, Maynard, Cole.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches (last season): 30, Red 4, Yellow 109
The match is scheduled for Saturday, 18 August 2012 at 16:00 GMT at the Upton Park.
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