The Premier League’s claret and blue brothers face each other at Upton Park tonight, with West Ham dreaming of away days in Milan and Rome and Villa hoping to avoid trips to Milton Keynes and Rotherham.
Slaven Bilic’s hosts impressed in their 2-2 draw with Manchester City in their last Premier League outing, before following that up with another creditable draw against Liverpool (0-0) in the FA Cup at the weekend.
The Hammers sit sixth; just a point off Manchester United in the Europa League spot, and have signed striker Emmanuel Emenike on loan from Fenerbahce to add to their attacking ranks.
West Ham have lost just twice on home soil this season in what is their final campaign at the Boleyn Ground; so boss Bilic would love to cap the end of an era with a top five finish in his debut season at the Londoners.
Villa’s miserable season went from bad to worse as they were unceremoniously dumped out the FA Cup by Manchester City (0-4) in front of a sparsely populated Villa Park on Saturday.
Manager Remi Garde has been thwarted in his attempts to add fresh faces to his squad, with the likes of Loic Remy (Chelsea) and Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) deciding against joining the club due to what looks like becoming an inevitable relegation.
This fixture has finished goalless in each of the past couple of seasons, although Villa did last win at Upton Park back in 2011 (1-2) thanks to a last-minute winner from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Striker Diafra Sakho; plus midfielders Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate are all doubtful for the Hammers, who are also set to also be without Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini.
For the visitors; forward Libor Kozak (Ankle) is a doubt up front whilst fellow striker Rudy Gestede (Hamstring) is set to miss out, as are wingers Adama Traore (Metatarsal) and Jordan Amavi (Knee).
League Positions: West Ham United – 6th (36 pts); Aston Villa – 20th (13 pts)
Previous Meeting: Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United – December 26, 2015
League Form: West Ham United – DWWWLD; Aston Villa – DLLWDD
Key Players: West Ham United – Dimitri Payet; Aston Villa – Scott Sinclair
Shoot Says: West Ham United 2-0 Aston Villa