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  • Everton (A) Apr 02 2011, 15:00
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Match pack: Everton v Villa

Match: Everton v Villa
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Date: Saturday April 2 - ko 3pm
Referee: Mike Jones


Villa's matchday coverage has a brand spanking new look - bringing you even closer to the action.

The all-new matchday console allows supporters to access live audio commentary, live picture action galleries and our popular interactive Villa Live service throughout the game - all in the same place.

Click here to access the new matchday console.

Fans can get involved in the build-up to Villa's exciting showdown with Everton, accessing all the pre-match content, such as the thoughts of manager Gerard Houllier and winger Stewart Downing.

Then attention turns to the big kick-off, by following the action and interacting with web journalists Paul Brown, Claire Boden and Dan Harrison on Villa Live.

Jack Woodward will be on air shortly before kick-off with live audio commentary for AVTV subscribers.

And, when the final whistle blows, the match console will be the first port of call for the best post-match reaction.

Please note, comments on the Villa Live service will be monitored and checked before publication.

If you want to see them appear make sure you keep them clean.

Also, try to keep your comments relevant to the subject - we want to maintain an interesting debate.


£36 [adults]
£22.27 [over-65s]
£18 [under-16s]

Wheelchair ticket allocation: pairs disabled tickets available by calling the Consumer Sales Department on 0800 612 0970.



March was a month to forget for Villa, with defeats against Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

However, Gerard Houllier's team are desperate to address the run which has seen them slip to within a point of the relegation zone.

But the boys in claret and blue will draw inspiration from the 1-0 win over Everton back in August when Luke Young's cracking strike settled a thrilling contest at Villa Park.

Everton are currently on a four-match unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League.

That sequence includes wins over Sunderland, Newcastle and Fulham as well as a draw with Birmingham City.

The Toffees suffered an FA Cup exit at the hands of Championship side Reading but they remain on course for a decent finish in the top-flight.  

Tony Hibbert


This weekend's clash is a very special occasion for long-serving Everton right-back Tony Hibbert.

The defender, affectionately known as Hibbo, is the Blues' current longest serving player.

He also holds the record for most European appearances and is the only survivor from David Moyes' first game in charge.

The match against Villa marks the 10th anniversary of the man from Huyton's first team debut - a 2-0 win over West Ham at Upton Park.

Since then, Hibbert has made more than 250 appearances for the Merseyside club and has played in both the FA Youth Cup and an FA Cup finals.

In fact, Hibbert's association with the Toffees stretches back two decades having joined as a schoolboy before progressing into the first team ranks.

David Moyes


David Moyes has become one of the most respected and longest-serving managers in the Barclays Premier League because of his exploits with Everton.

It has been quite a tenure for the former Celtic player who, since 2002, has taken the Toffees from a relegation-battling side to breaking into the top four, regular European qualification and an appearance in the FA Cup final.

The Scotsman has been shrewd in his transfer dealings, adding stars of the lower leagues such as Joleon Lescott, Tim Cahill and Phil Jagielka, as well as more recent capture Jermaine Beckford.

Moyes represented a host of clubs during his 19-year playing career, beginning at Celtic where he won a championship medal.

His time as a player ended with a long stint at Preston North End, with whom he secured his first managerial position. Moyes' talent was there for all to see.

He guided the Deepdale club into the second tier of English football and then reached the play-offs with largely the same squad.

In March 2002, he replaced Walter Smith in the Everton hotseat, declaring the Toffees were "the people's football club".


IN: Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw, free), Magaye Gueye (Strasbourg, undisclosed), Joao Silva (Desportivo Das Aves, undisclosed), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United, free), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon, loan), Apostolos Vallios (Iraklis Thessalonoki, £215,000).

OUT: Anton Peterlin (Plymouth Argyle, free), Dan Gosling (Newcastle, free), Lukas Jutkiewicz (Coventry City, undisclosed), John Ruddy (Norwich City, undisclosed), Steven Pienaar (Tottenham, £3m), Zac Thompson (Leeds, free), James Vaughan (Crystal Palace, loan), Kieran Agard (Peterborough, loan), Keanu Marsh-Brown (MK Dons, loan), Yakubu (Leicester, loan).



Villa's England stars will be desperate to take their international form in to the clash at Goodison Park after impressing for the Three Lions.

Darren Bent scored in the 2-0 victory over Wales last Saturday while Ashley Young provided an assist in a man-of-the-match performance.

A few days later, Stewart Downing was England's star man in the 1-1 friendly draw against Ghana at Wembley.

Marc Albrighton was in fine form for England U21s while Stiliyan Petrov won his 100th cap for Bulgaria.

It means plenty of claret and blues stars have returned to the club in buoyant mood after fine displays for their national sides.

Downing admitted this week that taking that form on to the Barclays Premier League stage is the aim of the game.

"Coming to England gives you confidence if you play well in the team," he said. 

"Benty got a goal. Ashley played very well so we aim to put that into our club performances now.

"We've got big tests ahead but it is pleasing and hopefully we can produce that back at Villa.

"It's been a good week but we have to transfer that into our club football now and get results."


Last six games at Goodison Park:
[31.10.09] Everton 1-1 Aston Villa
[07.12.08] Everton 2-3 Aston Villa
[27.04.08] Everton 2-2 Aston Villa
[11.11.06] Everton 0-1 Aston Villa
[18.03.06] Everton 4-1 Aston Villa
[30.10.04] Everton 1-1 Aston Villa


Everton haven't won any of their last nine Barclays Premier League games against Villa.

Tim Cahill has scored six goals in 10 top-flight appearances for Everton against Villa.

The claret and blues have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games.

30 per cent of the goals the Toffees have conceded have come from headers, the highest proportion in the top-flight

Villa have conceded more headed goals (13) than any other team in the top divisions this season.

Gerard Houllier's team have dropped 21 points from winning positions this season, more than any other team in the division.

Everton are the only team in the top-flight who have not earned a penalty this season.

The Merseyside club have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games.

Villa have kept only one clean sheet in their last 20 league fixtures.

Everton have scored five goals between the 30th and 40th minutes in their last four Premier League outings.

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