Game: Everton vs Aston Villa
Date: Thursday 16th July
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park
At a Glance
Aston Villa kick-off their final three Premier League fixtures with a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton.
Boosted by victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday, Dean Smith’s men are looking to do the double over Everton following a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture back in August.
Results elsewhere mean Villa remain in 19th place, four points adrift of escaping the relegation zone.
Opponents Everton are sitting comfortably in midtable heading into the game, residing in 11th place.
A 3-0 loss to Wolves last time out made it three games without a win, but they do have a strong home record to fall back on.
The Toffees have put together a ten-game unbeaten run at Goodison Park in the Premier League, managing five wins and five draws in that time.
Aston Villa are looking to secure their first league double over Everton since 2000-01, following their 2-0 win at Villa Park in August.
Everton vs Aston Villa is the most played fixture in English top-flight history, with the Villans winning 74 of the 203 previous meetings to Everton’s 76 (53 draws).
Aston Villa managed nine shots on target in their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace – more than they’d managed in their previous four Premier League games combined (7).
Aston Villa and Everton have met on 221 occasions, dating back to their first game in 1888.
Villa have won 81 times, drawn 58 and lost 82 games against the Toffees.
Dean Smith will be without Tom Heaton, Wesley and Bjorn Engels for Thursday’s game.
Kortney Hause and Neil Taylor are also doubts for the match after picking up injuries in Sunday’s win against Palace.
Carlo Ancelotti could have two key players returning in time for the Goodison Park clash, with Mason Holgate and Andre Gomes both nearing returns.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun and Yerry Mina remain sidelined for the Toffees.
“It will be a tough game. They’ve got players who can hurt anyone – Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
“They’ve got a manager who won’t be accepting after the Wolves performance and result, and they’ll come out fighting.
“It looks like they’ve got some of their injured players back with Mason Holgate and Andre Gomes, who cost more than our record signing. That just shows that they are a very well-established team.”