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Everton - Aston Villa Preview: David Moyes' men looking to extend unbeaten home run to eight games

Everton - Aston Villa Preview: David Moyes' men looking to extend unbeaten home run to eight games

Gerard Houllier is under pressure as the visitors only have a one point difference between 18th placed Wolves, while Birmingham in 19th still have a game in hand


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Everton (4-5-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Neville, Heitinga, Cahill, Bilyaletdinov; Beckford.

Aston Villa (4-5-1): Friedel; Walker, Dunne, Collins, Baker; Albrighton, Reo-Coker, A Young, Makoun, Downing; Bent.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Everton are unbeaten at Goodison Park in seven matches.
  • The Toffees have conceded more goals (20) at home than any other top half team in the Premier League.
  • They are unbeaten in their previous four games in the league.
  • Everton have the second worst home record in the top half of the Premier League.

  • David Moyes’ men have won four of their last six league games in all competitions.
  • Aston Villa have the second worst defensive record in the league away from home.
  • The Villans have just one win in their last seven games in all competitions.
  • The Birmingham-based club have also lost their last three games, conceding one or more goals in their last nine games in all competitions.
  • Villa have fifth worst scoring record in the league this season, and have managed to hit the back of the net on 37 occasions.
  • Gerard Houllier’s men have accumulated just 13 points from a possible 33 in their last 11 league games.


LAST MEETING



August 29, 2010: Aston Villa 1-0 Everton 

Luke Young scored an early goal to contribute to Everton's worst start to a Premier League campaign in over a decade.


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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
9Jermaine BeckfordStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
8Shkodran MustafiDefender
44Aristote NsialaDefender
-Adam John ForshawMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
35Conor McAlenyStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
2Kyle WalkerDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
19James CollinsDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
17Jean II MakounMidfielder
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
39Darren BentStriker
33Andy MarshallGoalkeeper
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
8Robert PiresMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
-Emile HeskeyStriker
Players to Watch
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Australian has once again been a key figure and supplier of goals this season. He leads the scoring charts for the Toffees in the Premier League, with nine goals to his name. And his skill in the air is a constant threat to any team that Everton come up against.
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
In a team that has struggled for goals this season, Darren Bent is the man that Villa will look towards to score their goals.

He returned to goal scoring form for England in a 2-0 Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday, and Gerard Houllier will be hoping he keeps that a similar form will continue this weekend.
Prediction
Everton will keep up their good form of late at the expense ofa  desperate Villa side that is on the brink of falling into the relegation zone.

Cahill can provide the difference for the Toffees, who are looking increasingly difficult to beat, similar to the team that Moyes had last season.

The desperate times at the Birmingham-based club will continue into next week.
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