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Everton FC vs Aston Villa FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Walton, Liverpool, Goodison Park

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Recovering Everton aiming to continue improvement against out-of-sorts Aston Villa

  • Everton have won two of their three league games under Sean Dyche
  • The ex-Burnley manager has immediately improved the club and they are out of the bottom three
  • Aston Villa’s form has turned and they have lost their last three on the spin

Everton 1-1 Aston Villa

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Walton, Liverpool, Goodison Park

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Everton have been nothing short of inspirational in their two home games under Sean Dyche, using the passion and energy of their fans to secure a pair of 1-0 victories.

Those six points have firmly lifted them out of the bottom three, although improvement is still required if they are to survive this season. 

The Toffees have seven home games left this season and they will feel that, if they can win most of them, they’ll be safe. There’s a long way to go, however.

Aston Villa also benefitted from a new manager bounce when Unai Emery stepped through the door, winning five of his first seven league matches in charge.

That form has slipped away recently, with the club coming into this game having lost three on the bounce.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won both of their last two home games

     Dyche could become fifth Everton manager to win his first three home games

Reasons to be fearful:

     Dominic Calvert-Lewin misses out through a hamstring injury

     Lost their previous two home games against Villa

Some will say that Everton’s safety in the Premier League was guaranteed the moment that Sean Dyche was announced as their new manager, although that doesn’t give him the credit he deserves right now.

Although Everton’s performances couldn’t have gotten much worse than they were at the end of Frank Lampard’s reign, the dramatic improvement of late has been astonishing. 

They finally look like a team that their fans can be proud of once again and they will fancy their chances in any home game between now and the end of the season.

To beat Arsenal and then Leeds without conceding a goal shows the organisation and determination that Dyche can bring, although they face a team they haven’t beaten in their last seven meetings.

Star Man – Amadou Onana

Onana is a big presence in the centre of midfield but he’s also excellent at finding players around him and transitioning quickly from front to back. His energy can cause Villa big problems here.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Five wins and two draws from their last seven against Toffees

     Played well against Arsenal last weekend despite defeat

Reasons to be fearful

     11 goals conceded in their last three games

     New manager bounce has evaporated for Villa lately

While Aston Villa’s form has taken a sharp dip in recent weeks, they can consider themselves a little unlucky to lose against Arsenal last weekend.

A 4-2 scoreline doesn’t reflect the quality that Villa’s players put into the match and it could have easily gone the other way. As it is, however, Villa need a positive result to end their bad run of form.

A top-half spot is looking increasingly unlikely this season, unless they can stop conceding the amount of goals we’ve seen recently. While they have scored five in their last three, they’ve also conceded 11.

There are also signs of a rift between manager and goalkeeper, with Emi Martinez criticised after going up for a corner at the end of last weekend’s game. There are rumours that Emery may look to sell the World Cup winner at the end of the season.

Star Man – Ollie Watkins

Opened the scoring brilliantly against Arsenal last weekend, meaning he’s now scored in each of his last four for Villa. Unfortunately, three of those have been defeats.

     You cannot underestimate the power of Everton’s home support

     Can Watkins score for a fifth on the bounce?

     Expect a low-scoring game

Everton’s last two games have produced 1-0 victories and we should expect to see a low-scoring contest once again here.

The Toffees are in no mood to play expansive football under Sean Dyche and Aston Villa’s confidence will be low right now. It could be a nervy affair, at least to begin with.

A point doesn’t help these two a great deal but it’s what we might just end up with.

Everton 1-1 Aston Villa

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Author: Ross B.