Confirmed Aston Villa v Everton lineups: Garde goes with 5-3-2, Mirallas starts

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Here is how Aston Villa and Everton will line up this evening...

Aston Villa will be looking for a big response this evening as they take on Everton following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.

Villa remain stuck at the foot of the Premier League table with just three wins to their name this season, and are eight points adrift of safety after a torrid campaign.

Tonight, Villa need to put up a fight at home having lost 6-0 to Liverpool last time out at Villa Park, but they face another team from Merseyside this evening.

Manager Remi Garde appears to have gone with five at the back tonight, as Alan Hutton, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Ciaran Clark and Aly Cissokho all start in defence.

Leandro Bacuna keeps his place in midfield after his goal against Stoke on Saturday, whilst Jordan Ayew partners Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack.

Brad Guzan returns in goal, meaning Mark Bunn drops to the bench alongside the likes of Jores Okore, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Scott Sinclair and Rudy Gestede.

Meanwhile, Everton should be fresh entering this game having not even played since the 13th of February, giving Roberto Martinez a great chance of a much-needed win this evening.

The big team news is that winger Kevin Mirallas starts, and will be relied upon to support Romelu Lukaku alongside Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley.

Former Villa star Gareth Barry faces his former club, whilst Martinez has named new signing Oumar Niasse on the bench alongside defender John Stones, who hasn't won his place in the team back just yet.

With Gerard Deulofeu, Leighton Baines, Tim Howard and Arouna Kone all on the bench, Martinez has some big-name substitutes to call upon this evening in a strong 18.

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Brad Guzan
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Aly Cissokho
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Alan Hutton
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Micah Richards
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Jordan Ayew

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Jores Okore, Carles Gil, Jordan Lyden, Scott Sinclair, Jordan Veretout, Rudy Gestede.

Everton lineup

Starting:

  • Joel Robles
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Ramiro Funes Mori
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Bryan Oviedo
  • Ross Barkley
  • Gareth Barry
  • Aaron Lennon
  • James McCarthy
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes: Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, John Stones, Leon Osman, Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Koné, Oumar Niasse.

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