Aston Villa vs Everton: Toffees tempting as underdogs

Aston Villa vs Everton: Toffees tempting as underdogs

Kick-off: 1730, 18/09/2021

Stadium: Villa Park

TV: Sky Sports

Everton have not won at Villa Park since 2016 but that could change as they take on an Aston Villa side that suffered a chastening experience at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.

Dean Smith’s men could be up against it for the second successive Saturday as they welcome a Toffees side blessed with attacking prowess to the second city.

We fancy the visitors to take home the three points as our opening Aston Villa vs Everton prediction and that is available at 2/1.

A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds

The hosts will be delighted to get back on home soil having conceded three on their travels for the second time this season.

Romelu Lukaku terrorised the Villa defence at Stamford Bridge and Smith will be hoping there is not too much scarring in the back-line as they entertain a side with their own plethora of talent.

One thing the Villa support will cling to is their home record and they are unbeaten in four at Villa Park.

Proving deadly from set-plays this term, they will be hoping to provide plenty of service for the likes of Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins against a Toffees defence that has only kept one clean sheet so far.

This has the makings of an open game and backing both teams to score in the first half is a tempting option at 16/5 in the Aston Villa vs Everton odds.

Last Villa line-up: Steer, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Tuanzebe, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Watkins, Ings.

Villa boss Dean Smith will make a last-minute call over his Argentina stars Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez. The pair will return to Birmingham on Saturday, just hours before the game.

A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds

Rafa Benitez has made an immediate impact at Goodison Park since switching allegiance to the blue side of Merseyside.

His Everton side have picked up 10 points from their opening four games and only goal difference is keeping the unbeaten Toffees off the top of the table.

They are set to be without the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the trip to Birmingham, but that proved no issue on Monday night as a front three of Richarlison, Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend caused havoc for the Burnley defence during their 3-1 victory over the Clarets.

Gray in particular has impressed since returning to the Premier League and has already netted three times this term, while Townsend’s thunderbolt on Monday was a reminder of the talent the 30-year-old possesses.

There have been four goals in three of Everton’s four games so far and another entertaining game looks likely.

Therefore over 3.5 goals is our last Aston Villa vs Everton prediction at 11/5.

Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Godfrey, Coleman, Allan, Townsend, Doucoure, Richarlison, Gray.

Everton will still be without Calvert-Lewin but James Rodriguez might be involved for the first time this campaign.

Calvert-Lewin now has a quadriceps injury to add to the broken toe he was nursing and it looks like he could be out for up to three weeks. Rodriguez, who was heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park during the transfer window, has been training with his team-mates and could be on the bench.

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Last result:

Chelsea 3-0 ASTON VILLA

Burnley 1-3 EVERTON – Michael Keane, Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray

Head-to-head: Aston Villa 0-0 Everton, Everton 1-2 Aston Villa, Everton 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

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