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Everton v Villa stats: Benteke tipped as one to watch
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1st Feb 2014
Everton v Villa stats: Benteke tipped as one to watch


Morale will be high at Villa Park after a thrilling game in which Paul Lambert's men came from behind once again to secure a precious three points over rivals West Brom. It's a confidence that they'll be looking to take to Everton this weekend - and WhoScored.com are here to tell us just why the travelling fans should be making the trip in an equally buoyant mood.

Villa return to a relatively happy hunting ground on Saturday as they face an injury-hit Everton side.

The Villans have now lost just one of their last nine matches on Merseyside which, given the quality of opposition of both the red and blue persuasion of the region, is not to be sniffed at.

The last four meetings between Villa and the Toffees at Goodison Park have ended in a share of the spoils, with entertainment assured when the two come to blows.

The Villans haven't lost in the Premier League in their last seven visits to Goodison Park and there have been 25 goals in the last six league meetings between the sides at Everton.

Needless to say, Lambert will be well aware of the impressive record that Everton boast at home.

They've lost just once in front of their own fans all season, but that won't perturb the visitors, who have been excellent on the road and are one of only seven sides with a positive goal difference away from home thus far.

Having now scored in three successive matches, Christian Benteke will relish the prospect of a return to the North West.

The Belgian has played three matches against the two Merseyside rivals, scoring in each and netting five times over those games, including a brace in this fixture, just one day short of a year ago come Saturday.

With 16 starts and two substitute appearances to his name in the league, Benteke now has seven goals, which is one more than he had managed in as many matches last season.

Given that the 23-year old has struggled with various injury problems, he remains on course for another excellent campaign in front of goal.

With regards to this weekend's match-up, Everton aren't a team likely to give much away at home but they do have one statistically calculated weakness according to WhoScored.com.

The fact that it's aerial duels is cause for optimism where Benteke is concerned, and while the striker has six statistically calculated strengths to his name, the best of them all is - you guessed it - aerial duels.

With man of the match awards from WhoScored.com in the matches against Liverpool and West Brom, Benteke has made their best XI for successive game weeks and is clearly back in full swing.

Everton, who without the likes of the injured Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin, conceded four to Liverpool in midweek, will rightly be wary of the in-form forward's threat.

Find yet more statistics on Aston Villa and the rest of the Premier League, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings at WhoScored.com. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @martinlaurence7 on Twitter.

 

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