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- Both teams have scored in seven of Aston Villa’s last eight matches.
- Both teams have scored in four of the last five encounters between Villa and Everton.
- Everton have won eight of their last 11 Premier League away games.
- Aston Villa have won only two of their last ten league fixtures.
Everton out for revenge
Having waited nine months to meet each other following the postponement of their January fixture, Aston Villa will take on Everton for the second time inside the space of a fortnight on Thursday when the teams square off in the Midlands.
The Villains toppled the Toffees at Goodison Park in the opening chapter of the clubs’ late-season two-part saga, though away day specialists Everton look ready to exact some revenge at Villa Park.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men won for the eleventh time on the road when they carved out an impressive 1-0 win at West Ham in their last runout on Sunday, and only Manchester giants City and United have gathered more points on their travels than Everton overall in 2020/21.
Villa drifting south
Aston Villa came unstuck against comeback kings Manchester United on Sunday, and their 3-1 reverse to the Red Devils was compounded by a late red card for key striker Ollie Watkins.
The centre-forward received his marching orders for a second booking after he threw himself to the ground in search of a penalty kick, and with Watkins suspended and chief creator Jack Grealish still injured, Villa’s chances of completing the double over Everton look much slimmer.
Villa have now won only twice in their last ten league assignments and their limp end to the campaign means they might have to settle for a disappointing bottom-half finish.
Both teams to score at Villa Park
Aston Villa’s form has been frustratingly patchy, though the Villains have at least managed to maintain a healthy record of finding the net – even without the services of Jack Grealish.
Indeed, Dean Smith’s men have found the net in seven of their last eight matches, though their lax defending has produced goals at both ends in all but one of the same contests.
Backing both teams to score for the fourth time in five encounters between Villa and Everton is advised as a result, though our 2-1 correct score prediction tips Ancelotti’s away day aficionados to pocket the points.
The Toffees have won eight of their last 11 Premier League away fixtures, and with Watkins and Grealish both out for the hosts, Everton can eventually outgun Villa to keep their Europa League qualification hopes alive.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Ollie Watkins is suspended for Thursday’s game, and while Jack Grealish is on the road to recovery, Villa’s clash with Everton will probably come too soon.
Trezeguet will miss out again on the flanks, though Morgan Sanson could be fit enough to rejoin the squad.
Everton injures and team news
Jean-Philippe Gbamin is a long-term absentee for Everton, though the Toffees will hope to have Colombian duo James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina available.
- 18 Jun