To be played on Saturday 21st November 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Odds: Everton 4/7, Draw 16/5, Aston Villa 11/2
Things aren't great at Villa Park at the moment as they see themselves somewhat cut adrift at the foot of the table – although their last match, a 0-0 draw against Man City, saw them end a 7 game losing streak.
Everton come in to the game with a different kind of pressure. Having got through a tough start to the season with a reasonable record many Everton fans have an expectation of a decent run games taking them towards the European spots.
Although Villa have a woeful record of only 7 goals from open play this season they could expect to see chances in this game. Everton have not kept a clean sheet in 7 games and haven't kept one at Goodison all season – only West Brom have conceded more at home.
Jordan Ayew is in a good run of form having added a goal for Ghana to the two he scored against Swansea and Spurs in Villa's last two Premier League games. And, if he plays, Gabriel Agbonlahor counts Everton as his favourite team to score against having netted 7 times against them.
One thing they will have to do is keep an close watch on Gerard Deulofeu. The Spaniard is in good company at the top of the assist charts with only Mesut Ozil (10) and David Silva (7) having assisted more goals than Deulofeu's five. He also had a slow start to the campaign and comes in to the game off the back of a hat-trick for Spain's U21's.
Deulofeu's rise in form has coincided with him building a good relationship with Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian hit man will be looking to become only the 5th player to hit 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday - following Fowler, Owen, Rooney and Ronaldo.
New Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has seen his problems increase over the international break with Jordan Amavi suffering a season ending cruciate ligament injury and Rudi Gestede also picking up a knee injury. Gestede's looks less serious so he could still feature against the Toffees.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has a different kind of problem with no new injuries but Tom Cleverley and Leighton Baines both returning to training after recovering from long term injuries. Cleverley is the most likely to feature although there's little reason for Martinez to push either of them in to the starting lineup.
- Tim Howard
- Seamus Coleman
- Ramiro Funes Mori
- Brendan Galloway
- John Stones
- Ross Barkley
- Gareth Barry
- James McCarthy
- Gerard Deulofeu
- Arouna Koné
- Romelu Lukaku
“I went to watch their game against Manchester City and Villa were very impressive.... The new manager has come in with a very clear idea of the way he wants to see them play.”
- Brad Guzan
- Alan Hutton
- Joleon Lescott
- Micah Richards
- Kieran Richardson
- Carles Gil
- Idrissa Gueye
- Scott Sinclair
- Carlos Sánchez
- Jordan Veretout
- Jordan Ayew
“I don't see players who don't care about the situation or didn't believe in themselves... I know it's going to be very, very difficult. When you build a house you don't start with the roof, you start with the base and that's what I'm trying to do.”
Tony Hibbert ★ out - knee
Phil Jagielka ★ out - knee
Bryan Oviedo ★ out - hamstring
Steven Pienaar ★ out - hamstring
Tyias Browning ★ probable - knee
Brendan Galloway ★ probable - knock
Jordan Amavi ★ out - cruciate ligament
Rudy Gestede ★ questionable - knee
Gabriel Agbonlahor ★ questionable - calf