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  • 14 January 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 31853
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Aston Villa - Everton Preview: David Moyes looks to overcome midweek defeat in the most played fixture in the English top flight

The Toffees are looking to end the week on a high after a dismal outing at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, while the hosts are hoping to get their first win at home since November


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan

Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock

Agbonlahor, Petrov, Bannan, N’Zogbia

Keane, Bent


EVERTON

Howard

Neville, Heitinga, Duffy, Baines

Donovan, Cahill, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov

Saha, Anichebe


After completing his loan move from the MLS, LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is set to make his debut for Aston Villa and is likely to partner fellow ex-Tottenham man Darren Bent up top.

The hosts could welcome back goalkeeper Shay Given who is on the verge of completing his recovery from a hamstring injury, but a place on the bench is most likely for the Irishman.

Chris Herd does not look to be fit enough for the clash with the Toffees, however, and Emile Heskey, who was forced off in the Villans FA Cup win over Bristol City last weekend, could also miss out.

Sylvain Distin is the latest in a long list of injuries for David Moyes, after the defender was forced off in the Blues’ defeat to Spurs on Wednesday evening with a hamstring problem. Shane Duffy could be set for his second game for the Toffees, having made his debut at White Hart Lane.

Leon Osman meanwhile has furthered his absence from the pitch after it was confirmed in mid-week he will undergo surgery to remove a floating bone on his knee.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa have spent 100 seasons in the top-flight of English football, which is only second to Everton’s 107 campaigns. As a result, this is the most played fixture in the top-flight.
  • In these 100 seasons, the Villans have taken the title seven times, but not since 1981.
  • Villa Park was the first and only English stadium to host international football in three different centuries.
  • Everton pair Tim Cahill (pictured right) and Leon Osman have both scored more goals against Villa than any other club, with the Australian striking seven times past the Birmingham outfit and the latter five.
  • David Moyes and Alex McLeish both have one win each against the other and five draws between them.
  • The Toffees have scored nearly half of their goals this season in the dying moments of the match, with 45 per cent of their netted efforts coming in the last 10 minutes.
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Players to watch

R. Keane

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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After making his trip over the Atlantic, the Irishman will be hoping to impress from the off for the 10th side of his career.

Keane’s proven track record in goalscoring will see him become an instant boost for a lacklustre Aston Villa side and an immediate danger for Everton. The front man will use his cunning movement to outdo the Blues defenders, and his positioning to get into some great poaching situations.

L. Donovan

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Kean’s LA Galaxy team-mate has enjoyed a very reasonable return to the Toffees and has added a new lease of life to David Moyes’ side. The attacker plays a very advanced role and is something the Blues have been crying out for in recent weeks as they continue to stutter in the Premier League.

The American won’t be shy to get forward and help the likes of Louis Saha to create numerous attacking moves to get the Merseyside outfit in the frame for some goals.

Editor's Prediction

Villa have not had a good time at home for some time now and haven’t won since early November at Villa Park. However, Everton have had a similarly miserable time on the road, and with their injury stricken squad, will have a hard time in matching the hosts.

Robbie Keane’s arrival will no doubt bolster the Villans and add some much required confidence in the final third, whereas the Toffees will have to deal with their current mis-firing strikers and take any opportunity they can muster.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Everton

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
44%
34%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
1 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Aston Villa FC AST
1 - 0
Everton FC EVE

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