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  • April 2, 2011
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Premier League preview: Everton - Aston Villa

Premier League preview: Everton - Aston Villa

Gerard Houllier is under pressure as the visitors only have a one point lead over 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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Players to watch

T. Cahill

Position: Midfielder

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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.

D. Bent

Position: Attacker

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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Aston Villa

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
47%
29%
24%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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