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Match preview: Villa v Everton

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Match preview: Villa v Everton


Villa v Everton
Barclays Premier League
Villa Park
Tuesday March 1 - KO 7.45pm
Referee: Roger East
Twitter match hashtag: #AVLEVE


Rémi Garde has called for the perfect performance against Everton this evening - and you could be there to cheer on your lions.

We face the Toffees tonight, with a 7.45pm kick-off - and Garde is eyeing a vital three points.

Alan Hutton has issued a rallying pre-match call and says the team will continue battling for points every week as we look to avoid the drop.

Tickets are still available for this evening's game against Roberto Martinez's men.

Prices are £25 to £42 [adults], £25 to £42 [concessions], £17 to £35 [U18s], £12 to £35 [U8s], £37 to £42 [adult/junior (U18) combo ticket].

The game, which will pit Micah Richards with Romelu Lukaku and Jordan Ayew against John Stones, is on general sale.

It is a maximum of six seats per booking - and remember to supply one client reference per seat to build up your booking history.

To buy tickets, contact 0333 323 1874, visit the Ticket Offices at Villa Park and New Street or BUY ONLINE.

Tickets are on sale over the telephone and from our online box office until 5.45pm.

These can then be collected from the Trinity Road ticket kiosk from 6pm onwards tonight.

Tickets are then available to purchase in person at the ground from 5.45pm until kick off from the Villa Village ticket office.

Tickets are available to purchase online and Print@Home to avoid collecting tonight.

The Holte Pub and Indoor Academy bar will be closed this evening but be aware that the Holte Suite will be open as usual.

To buy tickets, contact 0333 323 1874, visit the Ticket Offices at Villa Park and New Street or BUY ONLINE.


Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak and Carlos Sanchez are all doubtful ahead of tonight's clash.

Grealish is struggling with an ankle problem and hasn't featured since coming on as a sub against Man City in the FA Cup.

Kozak also has an ankle problem while Sanchez has a hamstring issue, which flared up in the home win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Jordan Ayew is back after suspension.

For Everton, Arouna Kone is back from the illness which stopped him from travelling to Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, Mo Besic will be assessed ahead of the game.



Rémi Garde

Rémi Garde It's a tremendously important game for us.

Picking up the three points would be vital for us.

Saying that, we know that Everton is a very good side - a very dangerous team with many qualities up front to score goals.

We will need the perfect game defensively and then we will need to be more threatening offensively.

Roberto Martinez

I think we're realistic on what we're going to face.

We are facing a team who are fighting for their lives.

We're going into a point in the season where every point matters and it's exactly the same for us. We have to match their intensity.

It's been a really difficult season for Aston Villa but that doesn't take away the fact that they've had really good performances.

On the day, if we're not at our best, it'll be an impossible game to compete in.

The focus is to start the game with the same intensity that Aston Villa are going to have at home and knowing the importance of the three points.

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Alan Hutton

Another game comes up tonight and you need to deal with what's put in front of you.

We've been in, we've worked at things, we've looked at what's happened and we'll try and improve.

It's difficult when maybe some boys aren't feeling as confident.

They maybe you lose a bit of form - that's sport - it happens.

People go through patches where it's difficult.

I've been there myself. I think we just have to stay together.

I think this year a low points tally will keep you up.

The teams around us are also getting beaten, so if we get something out of our next few games, you never know.


Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored seven Premier League goals against Everton, more than versus any other opponent.

We have won 18 Premier League games against Everton - more than they have against any other side.

With his strike against Stoke, Leandro Bacuna scored his first goal in 50 Premier League games, since netting against Cardiff in March 2014.

We have won just one of the last 10 Premier League matches against Everton (W1 D4 L5).

Leon Osman has scored six Premier League goals against us - more than versus any other opponent.

Everton have won just three of their last 13 Premier League matches (W3 D6 L4).

On the road, the Toffees have been hard to beat, losing just one of their last 13 away league games (W5 D7 L1).



Andy Gray enjoyed a stellar career in English football after leaving Dundee United to move south of the border in 1975.

The former Scotland striker starred in a vibrant, emerging Villa team under Ron Saunders in the late 1970s before winning the FA Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and the league title with Everton almost a decade later.

So he was the ideal candidate to pick an ultimate Villa-Toffees XI for the latest edition of the Villa News & Record.

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Gray's dream team makes fascinating reading.

And there's plenty more to look forward to in the latest edition of the matchday programme.

Ashley Westwood is the subject of our big interview, while we also have comment from Jordan Amavi and first team coach Eric Black.

Carlos Sanchez is next up in our Quickfire Q&A series.

And the award-winning Villa Vault continues to look at Villa's past European adventures.

Let's not forget columns from club legend Ian Taylor, captain Micah Richards and manager Rémi Garde.

At £3.50 the Villa News & Record is great value.

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For even better value, why not take advantage of one of our five-for-£5 programme bags, available around the ground on matchdays.

As well as the latest issue, you will also receive four classic Villa programmes.

Or why not guarantee your copy of every programme this season by taking out a subscription?

The price of your subscription is £72 [for 24 issues], including free UK delivery.

This means you save 50p per issue, which is £12 over the subscription - the equivalent of three free issues (RRP £3.50 each).


The price of your subscription is £72 [for 24 issues], including free UK delivery.

This means you save 50p per issue, which is £12 over the subscription - the equivalent of three free issues (RRP £3.50 each).



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By @AVFCOfficial 29th February 2016
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