Jarrod Bowen, whose dad supports Aston Villa, has provided four assists in West Ham’s past six matches

TEAM NEWS

West Ham will assess the fitness of Jarrod Bowen and Aaron Cresswell, who both sustained minor injuries against Manchester United in midweek.

Felipe Anderson was an unused substitute for that game on his return from a hamstring problem.

Aston Villa full-back Frederic Guilbert is likely to make his first start since March because Ahmed Elmohamady has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Neil Taylor could be available again following a similar issue.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: As a student in Birmingham I frequently visited Villa Park during their title-winning 1980-81 campaign. With eight games to go, they had back-to-back home matches against top-four rivals West Brom and Ipswich.

As ever, fatalistic Villa fans around us on the Holte End feared the worst as the local derby with the Baggies ticked goalless into the last two minutes. Peter Withe scored. The place erupted. I was thrown high into the air and came down about 20 feet from my mates!

On the train back, old Villa pessimism returned. My mate, a lifelong fan, told me they’d mess it up against Ipswich. They did, losing 2-1.

Even with seconds to go on the final day when they were losing at Arsenal and counting on Ipswich being beaten at Boro, the fans feared the worst. They experienced the very best – winning the title and then the European Cup.

Relegation permutations
Aston Villa will stay up as long as they can match Watford’s result – unless both teams lose and Bournemouth win.
If Villa win, Watford would need to better their result by two or more goals to survive on goal difference.
If goal difference is level, it comes down to goals scored. As it stands, Villa have scored 40 to Watford’s 34.