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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Will Gil put a smile on Villa fans’ faces, there’s another new beginning for Defoe and look out for Arsenal’s state of zen

Despite the emotional high of beating Everton on penalties in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, any cold analysis of West Ham United’s overall performance would focus on the way they let a lead slip for the fourth successive match. Having conceded a late equaliser against Swansea City last Saturday, it was against 10 men this time. Everton had lost Aiden McGeady to a red card shortly after Enner Valencia opened the scoring just after half-time and West Ham deserved criticism for failing to press home their advantage, even though it was a moment of genius from Kevin Mirallas that forced extra-time. There is a feeling that West Ham are too quick to fall back if a second goal does not quickly follow the first, inviting pressure on, and although they are adept at defending deep and in numbers, it can leave them vulnerable to pieces of individual inspiration, such as Mirallas’s free-kick. West Ham need to display a touch more conviction against Hull City on Sunday. JS

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