FT: West Ham 0 Aston Villa 0

There's full time then, and West Ham will be perhaps aggrieved not to win, but Villa had their own chances to nick it. A goalless draw is likely the fairest result here.

90+2
Excellent from Joe Cole, collecting Demel's pass and firing at Guzan who saves well.

Four minutes stoppage time, can either side find the breakthrough?

90
Diame replaces Rat in the final minute of normal time.

88
Massive chance for Villa to steal it as Benteke breaks forward, but Jaaskelainen saves so well.

85
West Ham really pressing now. Carlton Cole and Guy Demel try to work chances but Villa standing tall still.

83
Clark and Benteke pull off two good defensive headers in a row to keep Villa on level terms.

78
Joe Cole's angled drive is lapped up by Guzan.

73
West Ham break well now and Downing slips in Nolan excellently, but the finish is missing.

71
Huge chance. Benteke leaps brilliantly and his header smacks the underside of the crossbar. West Ham let off there.

65
Intricate play around the area nearly gives Carlton Cole and Morrison a chance to shoot, but more dogged Villa defending prevents it.

62
Jarvis and Collison come off for Joe Cole and Carlton Cole.

58
The free-kick is headed clear only to Morrison, and his powerful effort is driven just over the bar.

57
Libor Kozak is on in place of Weimann.

57
Jarvis again breaks down the left and Lowton receives a yellow for pulling him back.

54
Weimann's struggling here with an injury. He's visibly hobbling, so Villa could be forced into using one of their summer signing strikers here.

52
Jarvis does excellently down the left and buys the foul from Lowton. Free-kick on the edge again for the Hammers.

51
That's an absolutely atrocious shot from Sylla, finding behind even row z as Villa push forward.

50
Morrison and Nolan both fire attempts in on goal, ending in Nolan's effort flying over.

49
A lovely ball to the back post finds Downing, but his header back across goes to waste with no-one waiting.

47
Lowton's deep cross just evades the head of Benteke as Villa break.

46
Downing draws an early foul from Bacuna, who is booked.

West Ham are now out with no changes themselves, and kick us off.

Villa are first out for the second 45 then, and they've made no changes.

Hammers fan Jack Carter is happy with that first half display: "Great first half at Upton park! West Ham just having a bit more possession and more chances, I just hope they can put one of those away! COYI"

Harry Rowe fancies the home side to claim three points: "Think West Ham will break through in the 2nd half, 2-0 Hammers, Morrison and Nolan to score."

What are your thoughts and predictions on the game so far? Can either side snatch that vital goal, or will this end as a draw? You can let me know via Twitter at @MattStead91 or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com.

Entertaining first half at Upton Park then, and both sides have certainly had their chances to open the scoring. The home side look the better so far, but what does the second half have in store?

45+1
Clark plays Villa into trouble now as Morrison picks up the loose ball and finds Downing, but the return cross is too short for Morrison to reach.

45
Lowton is very fortunate there, as his bizarre lashed clearance luckily takes a deflection off Nolan and goes out for a goal kick instead of a corner.

43
Guzan manages to win a dubious free-kick after he and Reid vie for a loose ball.

43
Corner to West Ham after Baker rises highest from the free-kick delivery.

42
Demel breaks free of Bacuna, but the Villa midfielder pulls Demel back and a free-kick is awarded wide right.

38
The free-kick is poor however and easily cleared.

37
Morrison plays in Noble on the edge of the area, and Baker clips the midfielder. Free-kick awarded about 20 yards out.

31
Excellent ball in from Downing finds the head of Collison, but the Welshman can't rise high enough to direct his effort.

28
After an excellent end-to-end opening 30 minutes or so, the game has started to settle down a little more.

21
Collison's rising effort is next to fly in on Guzan's goal, but it curls just wide.

20
West Ham could be ahead here as Nolan finds Jarvis, but Guzan recovers well to save and Villa clear.

18
He's building a reputation going forward, but Ravel Morrison does excellently to usher away Weimann as the Austrian threatened to break through.

17
Downing now having some enjoyment down the right, pushing past Rat and putting a cross in which is well defended

14
Downing cuts inside from the right and fires an effort in but Guzan is well placed to save.

13
Jarvis is proving to be a bit of a terror down the West Ham left, with plenty of their offensive play going through him.

10
Another big opportunity after Jarvis does well down the left. His cross finds Nolan but, as he turns, he can't quite get his shot away cleanly.

9
Big chance for West Ham as Noble knocks down for Collison, but Sylla does especially well to clear to safety.

8
Weimann is released in behind Tomkins but Jaaskelainen is out quickly.

6
Weimann plays in El Ahmadi through the centre who is in plenty of space. He opts to shoot however with Benteke in a better position, and it deflects out.

5
Villa are trying to play their slow passing game here. West Ham look very solid though, will be difficult to break down.

3
Tense opening exchanges so far as both sides enjoy some possession.

1
After a minute's silence we're off then, with a fascinating game in store.

Here are some Opta stats ahead of the 3pm kick-off, which indicates a tight game this afternoon.

West Ham will be trying to avoid a fourth successive top-flight home defeat. This last happened in January 2006.

The Villans have lost just one of their last six away games, winning three and drawing two.

West Ham United have lost only two of their last 13 Premier League home games against Aston Villa (W4 D7).

Aston Villa Guzan, Lowton, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Sylla, Weimann, Benteke. Subs: Steer, Helenius, Herd, Bowery, Tonev, Kozak, Johnson.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Rat, Tomkins, Reid, Noble, Collison, Nolan, Downing, Jarvis, Morrison. Subs: Adrian, O'Brien, Potts, J.Cole, Diame, Maiga, C.Cole.

Team news will be coming shortly, but what are your thoughts and predictions for today's game? Will West Ham record a long-awaited victory, or can Aston Villa continue their decent away form? You can let me know via Twitter at @MattStead91 or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com

Their visitors haven't fared much better, with three wins from their opening nine, but they are one point above the Hammers in 13th place.

Both sides come into this game in indifferent form, with the hosts having won just two in nine league games to sit in 15th place.

Hello and welcome to the live commentary on this afternoon's Premier League clash between West Ham and Aston Villa.

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Premier League Fixtures

Sunday, 20 April 2014
14:05
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16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
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15:00
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Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 33 -6 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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