England Premier League
Saturday 1st May 2021
Kick off at 8pm BST
Venue: Goodison Park
Have Everton given themselves a life line for Champions League qualification for next season? At first glance of the Premier League table it doesn’t seem like it with the club in 8th place and six points behind 4th placed Chelsea coming into this weekend. However the Toffee’s have an all important game in hand over their rivals and with some consistency that gap could be shortened.
First up is this home match with Aston Villa and Everton should be confident of a win, the problem though has been the clubs poor home form this season and they would be 15th based on it. Everton’s last home game finished in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Last weekend the club infamously beat Arsenal in London, the first of such a result in 25 years. The good news for the club is that they are not losing games and we would have to go back six weeks ago to their last defeat which came at the hands of Burnley. However on their unbeaten streak of 4 games three of those have ended in draws and the club have hardly been playing their best football of the season.
Aston Villa’s European hopes would surely fade with another loss and Villa have been in poor form lately. On form Dean Smith’s side would be 16th and they come into this encounter having lost 3 of their last five games and with no victories since beating Fulham at the beginning of March.
Villa have 45 points and are seven behind Everton and have slipped to 11th place. Depending on other results around them it would be possible for the club to move up to 9th place with a win. Still the club have just 1 away win from their last five games and their last away match ended in defeat and was also on Merseyside as they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool who can hardly buy a win at Anfield in 2021.
Everton: Michael Keane is being tipped to return from a hamstring injury but will be assessed. Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) and Jean-Philipe Gbamin (knee) are out long term.
Aston Villa: Jack Grealish has a shin injury and could be long term and there has been no update on the player so he looks set to miss this game. Morgan Sanson and Trezegeut both knee injuries are out long term.
Everton vs Aston Villa Head to Head:
There hasn’t been a 0-0 result between the clubs since 2003.
Last season this fixture finished 1-1.
It’s been 13 years since Villa recorded a win at Everton.
There is a 70% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Everton vs Aston Villa Prediction:
We should see a cautious game that opens up and becomes attacking. Both sides have a lot riding on this game, for Everton it’s about their faint hopes of Champions League football and for Villa trying to qualify for the Europa League.
Villa’s form has really nosedived especially since Jack Grealish’s injury but there has to be caution about Everton when playing at home and the club have dropped some stunning points here, one can only wonder where they would be in the league if they hadn’t done so!
Still we will back Everton to win this game and they have a lot of motivation to do so and the fact is that Villa do not perform well historically at this ground. Everton need to go up a few gears though if they want those 3 points and take more possession of the ball, Villa are in poor form but are never an easy opponent.
Everton vs Aston Villa Betting Tips:
Everton to beat Aston Villa at 2.00
Anytime goalscorer: James Rodriguez at 3.75