The clock is starting to count down quicker and quicker on Aston Villa’s brief stay in the Premier League, with Everton the latest team looking to hammer a nail into their coffin this week. The Toffees’ own hopes for the season are rapidly fading too, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side looking set to miss out on the European places.
Where and when: Goodison Park – 16 July, kick-off 18:00
Where you can see Everton vs. Aston Villa: Sky Sports
Last time: Wesley put Villa into the lead when the teams met at Villa Park in August, before Anwar El Ghazi secured the points for Dean Smith’s side deep into stoppage time at the end of the game.
Everton v Aston Villa Predictions and Preview
After three desperate years trying to haul themselves back into the top flight and a huge summer outlay on new players, Aston Villa are sliding right back into the Championship at the first time of asking. Unless they can put together a stirring run of results to close out the season and alter their fate, starting with this trip to Goodison Park.
The Villans may find a downbeat Everton when they arrive on Merseyside, with the Toffees all but dropping out of contention for a spot in next season’s Europa League with their defeat to Tottenham and draw with Southampton. It’s a far cry from the success expected under Ancelotti, who needs a good summer transfer window to address the issues in his squad.
One of those has surely got to be finding a consistent goalscorer. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have both produced the goods on occasion, but with a combined 25 goals between them and next highest scorer Bernard on just three, failing to hit the back of the net enough has been Everton’s downfall this season.
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The same goes for Aston Villa, who barely average a goal a game. Jack Grealish is their top scorer with a paltry seven goals, and Villa’s lack of potency has been clear since the league restarted. They may have conceded a soft penalty to Manchester United on Thursday, but the Villans were outclassed and barely threatened their visitors.
That game meant Villa had scored just two goals from their first six games back, drawing a blank on four occasions and losing four times, winning none. With the goalscoring exploits of both these teams under the microscope, this game looks likely to be a low-scoring affair. Especially as Villa’s second highest scorer, Wesley, misses out through injury – even if he’s been far from prolific with just five league goals to his name.
Tom Heaton, Matt Targett and Bjorn Engels also miss out for the visitors, while Everton have Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin sidelined through injury. Mason Holgate and Andre Gomes should both be fit for the home team though, who are the 22/25 favourites for the win. Villa are 7/2 to give themselves a glimmer of hope by claiming three points, while the draw is priced at 3/1.
One to watch for Everton: Richarlison’s equaliser secured Everton a point in their last home game, and the Brazilian is one of the favourites to open the scoring in this game as he bids to finish the season with more goals than strike partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
One to watch for Aston Villa: Jack Grealish hasn’t been able to produce the big moments we expected on the return to action, but he’ll be desperate to make his mark on this game by breaking the deadlock and giving his club some hope.
Long shot: Everton thrashed Villa 4-0 the last time these teams met at Goodison Park, with Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku both netting braces in the November 2015 encounter. Those two players are long gone, but the Toffees are 35/1 to beat the dire Villans by the same scoreline here.