Football Previews: Villa v West Ham, Charlton v Birmingham, Burnley v Millwall

By Rob Virtue on February 7, 2014 2:45 PM |

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It's a big weekend of football in east and south-east London.

West Ham, Charlton and Millwall go looking for much-needed wins in a bid to edge them away from their respective relegation zones.

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Aston Villa v West Ham
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: West Ham: 14/5; Villa: 23/20; Draw: 5/2
History of meetings: West Ham won - 38; Villa won - 37; Draw - 30

West Ham have come under fire this week for a legal challenge against the FA for not scrapping the red card Andy Carroll received against Swansea.

But manager Sam Allardyce is determined to see the authority held to account.

"I think the whole procedure in terms of how we put our case together and the vast swell of people felt it was unjust and for me the panel has not seen it how they should have seen it and as the evidence we gave.

"It's easy to hide behind the regulations or what the law says, but that's an easy way out for me."

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was one of those who suggested the challenge sets a dangerous precedent.

Maybe he's just worried because Villa may have to face Carroll pending on the outcome of an independent review (taking place on Friday afternoon).

Elsewhere, new signings, Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello may be in line to take part against Villa.

Winston Reid is hoping to be involved after recently recovering from injury.

West Ham have won just twice against Villa in the last 13 games.

Charlton v Birmingham City
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: Charlton: 7/5 Birmingham 11/5; Draw 12/5
History of meetings: Charlton won - 22; Birmingham won - 18; Draw - 19

It's been a tough week for Addicks fans but they will be hoping the tide will turn against Birmingham on Saturday.

After losing Yann Kermorgant, Dale Stephens and Ben Alnwick before the transfer deadline, they were dealt the sickening blow of conceding two late goals at Wigan to lose 2-1.

There's silver lining in the fact new striker Reza Ghoochannejhad is set for his home debut at The Valley.

Another transfer window signing - the equally unpronounceable - Piotr Parzyszek has also been proving himself on the training field and will hope to be involved.

The new men, along with the emergence of youth product Diego Poyet, have given a welcome boost to the Addicks.

Charlton have only lost once against Birmingham in their last 11 games. Dale Stephens gave the side victory at St Andrews earlier in the season with the only goal of the match.

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Burnley v Millwall
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: Millwall: 21/4; Burnley 4/6; Draw 31/10
History of meetings: Millwall won - 19; Burnley won - 20; Draw - 19

The Lions have a tough trip to promotion chasing Burnley on Saturday.

The north-west side have only lost once in the league in the last 11 games. Much will depend on how quickly Millwall's new boys settle in.

Simeon Jackson and Ed Upson are hoping for their debuts as the side looked to bounce back from defeat against Reading last week.

Manager Ian Holloway has some decisions to make, especially up front where Jackson is eager to make an impact, although fitness may dictate he starts on the bench.

Goalkeeper David Forde is likely to miss out so Stephen Bywater will deputise. Nicky Bailey is also still out. Richard Chaplow could be involved

Millwall are unbeaten in their last three at Turf Moor with results including 3-0 and 3-1 victories.

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