Aston Villa boss Dean Smith suggested that West Ham are weak defensively, when speaking to reporters today ahead of his side’s clash with the Hammers on Monday night.

The east London outfit have made an impressive start to their campaign. They have looked shaky defensively, however.

West Ham have shipped seven goals in their opening four Premier League games, although five of those came on the opening day against Manchester City.

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Manuel Pellegrini seems to be undecided as to who his two best central defenders are. Fabian Balbuena has looked unconvincing. Whilst Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop have also struggled at times.

And Smith singled out the Hammers’ fragile back-line as a potential weakness ahead of Villa’s clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s side on Monday night, as quoted via the club’s official YouTube account:

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“They’re certainly a threat going forward. They’ll be at the top for entertainment. They can score a lot, but they can concede a lot as well. So I’m guessing I know what they will have been working on during the international period.”


West Ham will need to be at it defensively against Villa.

Smith’s side are an exciting team to watch going forward. And they could cause the Hammers all sorts of problems if Pellegrini’s men are not organised and focused.

The same goes for the home side, however. West Ham have the players who can hurt Villa. So it should be an enthralling contest at Villa Park.

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