Friday 23 August: 8pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
It’s early days but Aston Villa will be desperate to get something from this game. The two other sides promoted from the Championship last season have already had wins. Not so Aston Villa who have lost both of their opening games. They host Everton who have four points from their two games and are the only side in the Premier League yet to concede a goal.
We haven’t reached the end of August yet but football clubs don’t really care about dates do they? Make a bad start and some clubs start to panic and sack their manager. Dean Smith isn’t anywhere near the chop yet, but a few more bad results and who knows? He’s 12/1 (13.0) at SkyBet to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club.
Aston Villa came up via the play-offs last season. It didn’t look as if that was going to be possible until a fantastic second half of the season. The summer transfer window saw them just about as busy as Everton and that takes some doing. New players aplenty and around £130m spent but they haven’t made a good start to the season.
They travelled to Tottenham on the opening weekend of the season and took a surprise lead. They couldnt hold onto that lead though and ended up losing 3-1. Next up was Bournemouth at home and their poor start continued with a 2-1 defeat. Villa went 2-0 down inside 12 minutes and they just couldn’t get back into the game. Can they win against Everton? It’s 2/1 (3.0) at Paddy Power they win on Friday evening.
That’s two losses and they start this third weekend of the season in 17th place.in the Premier League. They join Newcastle United, Southampton and Watford as the four clubs yet to earn a point. They are 7/4 (2.75) at Coral to be relegated back to the Championship this season.
Everton seemed to be linked with a whole multitude of players during the summer transfer window. If it wasn’t someone from Aston Villa on the phone enquiring after a player, the call would have come from Everton. They look to have done some impressive business as they bid to create a squad that will see them climb the Premier League table. There are odds of 6/1 (7.0) at BetVictor on Everton finishing in the top six this season.
With a host of new players, it usually takes a while for a team to gel and be successfu. Just ask West Ham, they’ve been trying it for years. Everton tend to make a slow start to the season so will be pleased at how they have started this one.
They started their season with a goalless draw at Crystal Palace. It was a game they could have won but one that could also have ended in defeat. Jordan Pickford put in an impressive display in the Everton goal. He was in form again against Watford at the weekend. Everton took an early lead in that match and went on to win 1-0. That’s four points from two games and without a goal conceded. A win at Villa Park will take them top of the table ahead of Liverpool. That’d be a league table to treasure for a few hours. It’s 5/4 (2.25) at Unibet that Everton win this match.
Everton have won five of their last six games played against Aston Villa. Seven of the last eight games between these clubs have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. The odds on that stat coming up on Friday evening are 4/6 (1.66) if your wager is placed at Ladbrokes.
Aston Villa will be without Kortney Hause, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia. Everton have Morgan Schneiderlin available again after being suspended at the weekend.
Another Everton Clean Sheet?
Everton are yet to concede a league goal this season. They have kept eight clean sheets in their last ten league matches.Bet365 have odds of 12/5 (3.4) on them not conceding in this match.
Everton have made a solid start to the new Premier League season. They have kept two clean sheets and a good season lies ahead. Villa are struggling for form and a third defeat in a row would add to their worries. An Everton win with under 2.5 goals scored has odds of 9/2 (5.5) at Boylesports.