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Aston Villa FC vs Everton FC, Premier League 2020-2021, Today Match Prediction

Birmingham, Villa Park



Aston Villa and Everton clash with both needing maximum points for final push this season

  • Aston Villa have slipped into the bottom half of the table since the start of 2021
  • The Clarets have won just three of the 12 games captain Grealish has missed
  • Everton have two wins from last three and can make a late push for Europe

Everton to win 2-1

Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021 | Venue: Birmingham, Villa Park

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The good news for Aston Villa fans is that Jack Grealish may finally be ready to play some part in their clash with Everton this week after slowly but surely recovering from a shin injury.

While he may not be available for the full 90 minutes, his presence in the matchday squad will provide a boost for Dean Smith’s men. They certainly need it, with the team’s results falling sharply since his injury at the start of the year.

Indeed, only Southampton and Sheffield United have a worse record since the start of 2021 and Villa will be determined to put that right and climb back into the top half of the table.

Everton have found another form boost recently, winning two of their last three games, one of which coming in a hard-fought match against 5th place West Ham.

Should they secure three more points here, it could take them above both Spurs and Liverpool, with the latter playing later in the day against Manchester United.

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Form Guide (all comps): LLDWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Having Grealish play a part could boost the team’s performance

     Last three defeats have all come against Big Six opposition

Reasons to be fearful:

     Everton appear to have hit some form

     Lost five of their last six games against teams above them in the table

Aston Villa will take confidence from the fact that they beat Everton as recently as two weeks ago as their postponed fixture from earlier in the season finally took place.

Unfortunately, one of their scorers that day, Ollie Watkins, will miss out here due to picking up a red card against Manchester United last weekend. As their top scorer, Villa will certainly miss him and may not have too much of a threat up front.

On the positive side, they played well in the first half against Manchester United at the weekend, scoring the first goal too, before their opponents came back strongly in the second half.

Here, Brazilian striker Wesley could make his first start for over a year in place of Watkins, while Grealish could earn some minutes from the bench.

Star Man – Bertrand Traore

The attacker scored a memorable goal against Manchester United in his last appearance and will be hoping for more of the same here.

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Form Guide (all comps): DDWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Just one defeat from the last six matches

     Have beaten both Arsenal and West Ham recently

Reasons to be fearful:

     Lost to their opponents two weeks ago

     Rodriguez remains out due to injury

Everton have seen more ups and downs than most clubs this season, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men currently enjoying a good patch of form, despite it coming too late in the campaign for a top four push.

They’ve been more solid at the back, keeping three clean sheets in their last five games with just one defeat from their last six.

Unfortunately, that one defeat came at the hands of Aston Villa two games ago and it was a result that showcased just how inconsistent the Toffees have been throughout this season.

Periods of excellent form, such as that which took them to the top of the league at the start of the campaign, have been followed by poor spells such as a recent run of no victory in five.

They fare much better away from home, however. They’ve picked up 36 points on their travels this season, compared with just 19 at Goodison Park.

Star Man – Dominic Calvert-Lewin 

Scored an important winner against West Ham in the last game, and now has 21 for the season in all competitions.

     A tight game between two evenly matched sides

     Everton are in a better run of form

     Expect two or more goals

Aston Villa will be confident of achieving the same result as they did a couple of weeks ago, especially if Jack Grealish is fit enough to play some part from the bench.

Everton will have other ideas, of course. Their away form has been one of the best in the league this season and, with their important win over 5th place West Ham coming in their last game, should be full of confidence.

The Toffees are slight favourites here.

Everton to win 2-1


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Author: Ross B.