England Premier League
Saturday 18th September 2021
Kick off at 5:30pm BST
Venue: Villa Park
We see many fixtures during the Premier League season that evoke memories of past events and matches, but this match is one that is absolutely true to that. Here we have 2 of the original 12 founding members of the football league and this will be their incredible 225th time of meeting. Not many football fixtures around the world can beat that as these two proud teams go head to head on early Saturday evening.
Aston Villa started off with a shocker losing to newly promoted side Watford 3-2. It’s been a mixed bag since then with a win over Newcastle but a 1-1 draw at home to Brentford felt underwhelming following that. Last weekend Villa lost their 2nd game of the season though unlike losing to Watford this one felt more expected coming away against Chelsea. This form has left Dean Smith’s side in 12th place and they trail their visitors by 6 points already.
Everton have had a very good start to the season and only goal difference is keeping them from being in 1st place. Still unbeaten Everton have looked confident and it is obvious that the players have responded well to new manager Rafa Benitez, even the fans are getting there and if this form continues Benitez’s past managerial job with Liverpool will be well forgotten.
Last weekend Everton beat Burnley 3-1 to win their 2nd game in a row and all seems well within the club. Perhaps one criticism could be a hang over from last season and the Carlo Ancelotti days that have seen the club in a couple of games start on the back foot and have to come from behind.
Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez could be back in the squad after returning from quarantine. Jaden Philogene-Bidace has a knock still and is a big doubt to recover for this game. Trezeguet is out long term with a knee injury.
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out with a muscle injury and is expected to miss the next two weeks. Fabian Delph is set to miss another game due to his shoulder injury. James Rodriguez is 50/50 to come back for this game after fitness issues.
Aston Villa vs Everton Head to Head:
Last season this fixture ended 0-0 and that was the first time to see this score line between the two clubs since 2003.
Aston Villa are unbeaten against Everton in their last 4 meetings and Everton’s last victory did come at Villa Park back in 2016.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Aston Villa vs Everton Prediction
Everton have looked solid and efficient of course there will be questions for example when they lose how will it affect them, can Benitez manage to get his players back on track unlike Ancelotti for example. These questions are brought up because Aston Villa have the qualities to win this game and have a very good record over Everton in recent years.
Questions will be asked of Villa too because a disappointing game here would be a real deflater in front of their home fans. What we expect is a really intense game of football. Everton were superb on the road last season so it will be interesting how they go about it now, though one would feel with home fans back they won’t achieve the same level.
It is a risk to back any side here because we could witness a draw, these are two teams who on the face of it are quite equal. But we will opt for the team in form and of course if Everton win they could go top of the league, more realistically possibly slotting into the top three.
We expect to see a physical game also and that could lead to some cards, so backing the market to see a red one at a good price could also be worth our time. For Everton Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury is a blow but Demarai Gray has stepped up scoring goals and even has been touted by the local media as being one of the best summer buys in England. Gray’s price to get on the score sheet looks like exceptional value and take a look at Villa’s Danny Ings who is always dangerous and is ex-Liverpool leanings may just have the Villa man trying extra hard to score against the Toffee’s.
Everton are a great price to win this game and with the draw covered, so even with minimum stakes and considering how well the club have started under Benitez this seems even more justifiable to take on.
Aston Villa vs Everton Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (+0.5 Everton) at 1.60
Anytime goalscorer: Danny Ings at 2.25
Anytime goalscorer: Demarai Gray at 5.00