Everton vs Aston Villa Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
Everton vs Aston Villa Premier League
Still with a game in hand on the sides above, coincidentally against Aston Villa, Everton come into this one knowing Champions League qualification remains an attainable goal. Achieving a first league double over Arsenal since 1985/86 last time out has boosted their nine-game Premier League (PL) form (W4, D3, L2), yet just two victories within 90 minutes across their 13 competitive home matches during 2021 (D5, L6), and eight opening goals conceded during that time, highlights improvement is needed if they’re to fulfil their European ambitions.
Even if the ‘Toffees’ start fixing that poor home form here, we can still expect a tight contest. Three of their five home league wins this season have been by a one-goal margin, and they’ve actually recorded the division’s joint-highest number of such victories home and away (11).
Following a run of one PL win in eight matches (D3, L4), Aston Villa have most likely accepted a push for Europe now would be a step too far. A recent frustration for them will be that they’re winless across their previous three games despite scoring a first-half opener in each (D1, L2). They’re also winless in the last three fixtures in which they netted first at Goodison Park (D2, L1).
In truth, Villa’s record in the blue half of Merseyside is a poor one and they’re without a win in nine competitive visits (D5, L4). They conceded 2+ goals in seven of those matches, although, they have restricted their opponents to one goal or less in five of their previous six PL away games (W2, D2, L2).
Players to score: Recently back from injury, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored ten of his 14 PL goals against sides starting this week in the bottom half. Meanwhile, five of Ollie Watkins’ previous six PL goals came as Villa’s first goalscorer.
Hot stat: Six of the last seven H2Hs at Goodison Park have produced at least one goal after the 75th minute.
Prediction: Everton  vs  Aston Villa