The Toffees’ hope to play in the continental competition is still alive. They are sitting on the 8th of the table with 55 points or only three points separated from West Ham on the fifth. With four games in hand, Everton could have the opportunity to lift them off to the fifth or sixth at least if they can snatch another away win this midweek while facing off Aston Villa, sitting on the midtable.
The teams’ previous matches
The Villans were hapless in their last outing while taking on Manchester United at their home turf, as they were beaten 1-3 last weekend. Although at the early first they took the lead through Bertrand Traore, their second half was terrible as Dean Smith’s side conceded three times by Bruno Fernandes’ penalty, Mason Greenwood and Edison Cavani’s header.
Meanwhile, Richarlison and Co had a better result than their counterpart last weekend, while locking horns against West Ham. They thumped The Hammers by a single goal of Dominic Calver-Lewin at the first half.
Dean Smith will have to determine who shall deputise Ollie Watkins who is serving his ban. His absence adds up the list of unavailable players for this fixture after Jack Grealish, Morgan Sanson and Trezeguet are all ruled out here. Wesley could get a nod to feature as the frontman or Villa deploys 4-2-2-2 instead of 4-2-3-1 with Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore shall be the duo upfront, or Wesley can be the frontman accompanied by either of them instead. In the midfield, Nakamba and Douglas Luiz will be in the middle while John McGinn and Ross Barkley are the anchormen of the attack.
Carlo Ancelotti might still employ 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 formation with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison occupying the frontman role. Only two names are on the sideline, James Rodriguez and Jean Paul-Gbamin. Gylfi Sigurdsson shall be the playmaker in the attacking build up.
Players to watch
Without Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish in the starting XI, the former Ajax men Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi will be Aston Villa’s key men to count on scoring. Both have contributed well this season. the former has netted 6 goals and provided 5 assists while the latter has bagged 8 goals. Another vital figure to watch is Tyrone Mings.
In Everton, duo Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin has notched up 22 goals and three assists combined. Some other notable names to focus on here are Allan, Gylfi Sigurdsson, the defender Michael Keane and the England international goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.
Aston Villa vs Everton Prediction
It is bound to be the tight affair. Yet, the home side might be in difficulty to pick up three points as their key men are unavailable. Carlo Ancelotti’s men might be able to steal another victory here due to the Italian boss’ experience. A narrow win for the visitors is possible.
The punters absolutely puts The Toffees as the favourite. They are projected to win at 13/8. The odds for the draw result are at 28/11, whereas Tyrone Mings and Co’s win market is only at 23/12.