Aston Villa 4-1 West Ham United: Douglas Luiz scores twice as Villa move back to brink of top four

Douglas Luiz celebrates scoring his second goal against West Ham
Douglas Luiz’s penalty made it six goals this season in all competitions for the Brazil midfielder

Aston Villa continued their fine form under manager Unai Emery by holding off West Ham to move back to the brink of the Premier League’s top four.

Tuesday marks the anniversary of Emery’s appointment as Villa boss and the Spaniard has transformed the team since taking over from Steven Gerrard.

An entertaining first half, typical of the free-flowing football Emery has encouraged at Villa Park, saw Douglas Luiz open the scoring and the Brazil midfielder converted a penalty just after half-time.

A deflected shot by Jarrod Bowen led to a nervy spell for the hosts, but England striker Ollie Watkins then fired in his eighth goal of the season for Villa.

Substitute Leon Bailey struck late on to wrap up an 11th straight league win at home for Villa, their best run since winning 13 in a row when they were reigning European champions in 1983.

Before Emery’s first game in charge, Villa were 16th in the Premier League – one point off the relegation zone. But he steered them to European qualification last season and now they are back within a point of the Champions League places.

More to follow.


Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 14P Torres
  • 12Digne
  • 7McGinn
  • 44Kamara
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 22ZanioloSubstituted forBaileyat 76′minutes
  • 19DiabySubstituted forTielemansat 85′minutes
  • 11Watkins


  • 3Diego Carlos
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Traoré
  • 16Chambers
  • 17Lenglet
  • 25Olsen
  • 31Bailey
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 71Kellyman

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Zouma
  • 27Aguerd
  • 33EmersonBooked at 54mins
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 19Álvarez
  • 20Bowen
  • 28SoucekSubstituted forKudusat 67′minutes
  • 10Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forIngsat 86′minutes
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forFornalsat 90′minutes


  • 1Fabianski
  • 8Fornals
  • 14Kudus
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Benrahma
  • 24Kehrer
  • 45Mubama

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Player of the match

WatkinsOllie Watkins

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  2. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  4. Squad number31Player nameBailey

  5. Squad number19Player nameDiaby

  6. Squad number2Player nameCash

  7. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  8. Squad number44Player nameKamara

  9. Squad number14Player nameP Torres

  10. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  11. Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

  12. Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

  13. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

West Ham United

  1. Squad number23Player nameAreola

  2. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  3. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

  4. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

  5. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

  6. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

  7. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  8. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  9. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

  10. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  11. Squad number14Player nameKudus

  12. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  13. Squad number18Player nameIngs

  14. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

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Source: BBC News

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