The last game of the fifth Premier League match-day between Aston Villa and West Ham United ended in a goalless draw. In a match between two sides with similar tactical concepts, spectators saw plenty of long balls, wing attacks and solid defensive departments when it came to defending the opposition crosses.
In the following tactical analysis, we will take a closer look at the tactics of either side. Moreover, we explain West Ham’s pressing issues and the consequences of Pellegrini’s side being one man down in the final stage of the game.
Lineups and formations
Aston Villa lined up in a 4-1-4-1 with the wingers supporting attacker Wesley during the press. During the attacking phase, single pivot Marvelous Nakamba acted in front of the centre-back pairing consisting of Tyrone Mings and Björn Engels. The advanced midfielders Jack Grealish and John McGinn were supposed to break the opposition midfield and support the wingers with progressive runs.
West Ham played in a 4-1-4-1 as well although their setup differed from Aston Villa’s one slightly. In pressing moments, advanced midfielder Mark Noble took over a higher role which often left defensive midfielder Declan Rice alone in front of the backline. Up front, West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini lined up French striker Sébastien Haller being tasked to threaten Aston Villa’s goal with his heading qualities.
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