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Unai Emery excited by the Aston Villa chase

Unai Emery hopes Villa can set up a late season assault on the Premier League’s top half by beating Bournemouth on Saturday.

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery

After Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham saw Villa miss a chance to further close the gap on those teams challenging for Europe, Emery is eager to avoid a repeat against the Cherries in the final match before the international break.

Villa play eight of the current top-10 during the run-in and Emery said: “Next week we play a key match, to see how we go into the last few matches into the season.

“If we’re winning like we have been, we can face the teams in the top-10 to try to get them.

“The opportunity is coming again on Saturday. Sunday we lost that opportunity to be closer. But next week is the same (chance). I’m excited.”