Dean Smith is apparently wary of three West Ham players in particular according to Aston Villa insider Ashley Preece.

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Villa welcome the Hammers to Villa Park today for the 4:30pm Premier League kick-off.

West Ham are one of the in-form teams in the Premier League and are currently flying high in fourth spot in the table.

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Aston Villa, meanwhile, have really struggled of late having lost their last three league outings.

The Hammers will be the favourites to win this afternoon and that in itself says a lot about how far we’ve come as a team.

Dean Smith is wary of three specific West Ham players

Aston Villa will certainly be in for a tough afternoon at Villa Park today.

The Hammers possess a threat all over the pitch and each and every player in Moyes’s team work their socks off as well.

Football.London’s Tom Clark sat down with the Birmingham Mail’s Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece and asked him about who Dean Smith is wary of in particular:

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“Michail Antonio is the obvious one, isn’t he, knowing he’s scored seven from 10 at the time of writing. Declan Rice can boss things in the middle then there’s Tomas Soucek who can take full advantage from set-plays.”

It’s no surprise that Antonio, Rice and Soucek are cause for concern for Smith.

Smith would be making a big mistake if he asks his players to focus purely on those three today, however.

What about the likes of Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen? And what about Aaron Cresswell’s ability from set-pieces?

Moyes’s side really can hurt you from any part of the pitch.

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And if we are on top for today as we were at Villa Park last season, we can’t see anything other than a West Ham win.

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