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  • 25 August 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Aston Villa - Everton Preview: Toffees look to end seven-year Villa Park hoodoo

Aston Villa - Everton Preview: Toffees look to end seven-year Villa Park hoodoo

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David Moyes' side look to keep their momentum going after a fine opening win over Manchester United, while the Villans aim for their first points of the season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


ASTON VILLA


Given
Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark

N'Zogbia, El-Ahmadi, Delph, Holman
Ireland
Bent

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines

Osman, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar
Mirallas, Jelavic


Paul Lambert is still without the services of Richard Dunne (groin), Marc Albrighton (foot) and Gabby Agbonlahor (knee) through injury and with full-backs Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock currently in exile at the club, options are few and far between.

Darren Bent picked up an eye injury this week, but has responded well to treatment and should feature at Villa Park.

With limited resources currently available to him, Lambert will, in most probability, field the same team that showed promise against West Ham last week, but ultimately had nothing to show for it.

Everton, meanwhile, may hand Kevin Mirallas his Premier League debut after his move from Olympiakos. Whether the Belgian forward starts or not could depend on the fitness of leading striker Nikica Jelavic.

The Croatian, along with Sylvain Distin, had to receive treatment towards the end of Monday's 1-0 win over Manchester United but the duo hope to prove their fitness by the weekend.

Marouane Fellaini, who proved to be the match winner against United with a second-half header, and Darron Gibson were doubts for that game itself but after coming through unscathed, both appear fully fit.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa have won just one of their last 13 Premier League home matches (W1 D5 L7).
  • The Villans are currently on a run of 11 league games without a victory (W0 D5 L6).
  • Paul Lambert's side have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League matches, netting only once in each of the other two games.
  • Darren Bent (right) has scored three goals in as many Premier League games for Villa against Everton.
  • The Toffees have won none of their last seven visits in the Premier League to Villa Park, drawing four and losing three.
  • They have drawn seven of their last nine Premier League away games, including the last four in a row.
  • Leon Osman has scored more Premier League goals (five) against Aston Villa than he has managed versus any other team.
  • Everton have won none of their last 12 Premier League meetings against Aston Villa, but eight of those games have been draws.
  • Indeed, six of the last seven Premier League games between Villa and Everton have been drawn.

Players to watch

D. Bent

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

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The Villans will rely heavily on the former Spurs man if they are to avoid becoming embroiled in another relegation scrap this season and it is imperative he gets off the mark sooner rather than later to boost morale around the club. He will need supplying from the likes of Stephen Ireland and Charles N'Zogbia, who must improve to get the best out of their top marksman.

M. Fellaini

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Belgium international was simply unplayable against Manchester United on Monday night. He was everywhere, picking up loose balls, driving at the defence and perfectly laying the ball off to his teammates to get involved in attacks. If Fellaini can prove as much of a handful in the air as he was for the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Michael Carrick the other night, then Villa could be in for a very long afternoon.

Editor's Prediction

Villa are still finding their feet under new manager Lambert. The Scot is trying to do things his own way and from the passing game his side displayed last week, there clearly appears to be some sort of development from the brand of football under Alex McLeish last season.

Villa had plenty of possession and shots against West Ham, but ultimately only two hit the target and none found the back of the net. The pressure is on Darren Bent to change that fact.

Everton's goalscoring potential is undeniable however, with Mirallas further bolstering an already impressive Toffees frontline. Their firepower should see them through at Villa Park.

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
22%
19%
59%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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