To be played on Saturday 26th October 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa and Everton meet on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park in what looks set to be an entertaining clash.
Villa will be hoping to bounce back from defeat at home to Tottenham last weekend and Everton will be looking to build on a good win at home to Hull and boost their chances of getting a top four spot.
You can expect both teams to go for a victory as points are crucial at both ends of the table.
I think it will be a tight game that will end in a draw, both teams have dangerous forwards but the spoils will be shared in the Midlands.
Neither team has any fresh injury concerns and both are waiting on the return of players from long-term serious injuries.
Christian Benteke may get his first start since returning from a hip injury he suffered in the match at Norwich.
For Everton Darron Gibson continues his recovery from an ACL injury.
Christian Benteke is top scorer for Aston Villa with 4 goals, whilst Romelu Lukaku leads the charts for Everton with 4 goals in the league.
Aston Villa’s home record: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 3, Goals For 4, Goals Against 7
Everton’s away record: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 1, Goals For 6, Goals Against 7
Aston Villa had 37% of the possession in their last match. A 2-0 loss at home to Tottenham.
Everton had 61% of the possession in their last match. A 2-1 win at home to Hull City
Aston Villa’s last six games: 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses
Everton’s last six games: 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss
Five players to watch:
The young Belgian striker will go up against his compatriot on Saturday afternoon and he will hope to outshine his fellow Belgian and play a big role in an Everton win. Look for him to impose his physicality on the Villa defence.
Benteke was in the midst of a great run before he got injured but Villa will be thankful that he is now back from injury and ready to start scoring again. He will always cause problems for Premier League defences but he may meet his match in Everton’s Sylvain Distin.
The England left back has been on great form this season and it is a credit to him as a player that he wasn’t distracted by Manchester United’s interest in him during the transfer window. His attacking runs will be a cause for concern for Aston Villa and they must be sure to not to give away free kicks in dangerous positions because as we have seen this season he can make teams pay.
So much of what Aston Villa do well stems from Weimann’s play. He has a good partnership with Benteke and the two of them will be crucial to Villa’s potential successes this season. He is hard working and is always causing problems for defences, he is one of Villa’s most impressive players.
He is a rock at the heart of the Everton defence and he will have his work cut out this weekend as he comes up against the imposing figure of Christian Benteke. He is more than a match but this battle could decide where the points go come the final whistle.
Last time they met:
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa – 2nd February 2013, Goodison Park
Marouane Fellaini produced to late goals to salvage a point for Everton after they had been trailing 3-1 midway through the second half.
Christian Benteke struck twice for Villa to give them a commanding lead but they couldn’t hold onto it and secure their first league win of 2013.
What is your prediction for the game?
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