Fifth place West Ham will be out to continue their recent good run of form when they welcome Aston Villa to Upton Park on Saturday.
The Hammers have defied the critics this season with some strong attacking performances and with three wins and one draw in their last five games they are one of the in-form sides in the division.
Last time out the club came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Stoke and while the point saw them drop a place in the division the never say die attitude of his team will have no doubt pleased manager Sam Allardyce.
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The club are set to be boosted on two fronts this weekend with top scorer Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll set to return.
Sakho picked up the shoulder injury in the Hammers’ recent victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and was forced to sit out the draw at Stoke last time out. However the 25 year old is now fit again and in line to feature this weekend.
Stijn Vandenbrouke, West Ham’s head of medical and sports science, confirmed too that Carroll was ready to make a comeback, telling the club’s official website “Andy Carroll trained and played in a behind-closed-doors match last week, which he came through, and will continue to train this week.”
Winston Reid is also in line to return meaning that Guy Demel, set to resume action after the International break, is the club’s only absentee.
Villa meanwhile will be without Alan Hutton and Fabian Delph through injury while Christian Benteke serves the first of his three match ban for violent conduct against Spurs last time out.
Since beating Liverpool 1-0 in September, Villa have lost five games on the trot managing just one goal during that run. Last time out they let slip a 1-0 lead at Spurs to lose 2-1, a result that saw them drop to 16th in the table.