Game: Aston Villa v Everton
Date: Friday 23rd August 2019
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
At a glance
It should be another electric atmosphere as we look for our first three points of the season with Everton visiting B6.
This is the most played fixture in league football as we now get set for our 203rd meeting.
It’s 73 wins for the Villans and 76 for the Toffees as we look to draw closer in the standings.
We’ve so far gone down to Tottenham and Bournemouth but not without playing some fine football during the 180 minutes.
If we can continue the attacking impetus – and get the breaks, too – it could produce a result that ignites our season.
Kortney Hause is available tonight – but Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester will both miss out.
Hause has been absent for the first two games with an ankle problem.
But he returned to full training this week and will be in contention for the Toffees clash.
Jonathan Kodjia (ankle), who injured himself in the Tottenham clash on the opening day, is back in light training but this evening’s encounter comes too soon.
Skipper James Chester (hamstring) is still out.
Everton left-back Lucas Digne has overcome a hamstring problem, while Leighton Baines could feature after recovering from a thigh injury sustained in pre-season.
Fabian Delph remains out but Morgan Schneiderlin is available after a ban.
Ways to follow
Tonight’s game is live on Sky Sports.
You can access it via Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm.
Live audio coverage is also available via AVTV Live – click here to subscribe.
“It’ll be a very tough game.
“They were a top 10 club last season.
“Their defensive organisation is good, they’re tough to breach and they are very well coached.
“But they have also not scored a lot of goals – they’ve only got one this season.
“It’s going to be tough, like they all are.
“The bookies have made them favourites to win at Villa Park. I am sure our players will have something to say about that."
"We have to respect our opponent, they have quality. Like always we go there to win a football match and play at our best level.
"The two results they achieved when you analyse the matches, they were close to getting a good result.
"I think they deserved more.They like to play good, offensive football and the game will be open. It is up to us to prove that we are able to win the match.
"Afterwards we will see the result and if we get to the top. In our minds, we just have to respect them and go there with desire and commitment to win."
Tickets and travel
Once again, we’re completely sold out.
That’s two in a row as there were no tickets available for the Bournemouth clash, either.
Thank you for your magnificent support as always.