Villa Park – Thursday – Kick-off 7:00pm GMT.
Next Thursday at 7:00pm GMT, on matchday 19 of the Premier League, we will see Villa play Everton at Villa Park.
Eighth placed Everton will travel to Villa Park, hopeful of rampage, as they face eleventh placed Villa.
Aston Villa have so far accrued 48 points in this season of the Premier League
It was a humbling defeat at the hands of Manchester United for Dean Smith’s men in their last match, they will be hoping to get something out of this game for sure.
Dean Smith’s Villa have lost 10 of their last 20 fixtures this season. With eleventh, they currently sit 48 points in the League having won nine matches, drawn two games, and lost seven meetings.
Playing at home, Villa have won six fixtures, drawn three fixtures, and lost eight meetings.
Aston Villa will have 51 points if they manage to secure a victory.
A solid defensive team
It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Villa have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with 20 goals in their previous fixtures. This has been a poor season for them so far in terms of goals scored, with a total of 31. However, their stand-out attacking players have been Anwar El Ghazi (5), Jack Grealish (3), and Ollie Watkins (3).
Going into Thursday’s game, Dean Smith without three of his players, due to illness or injury.
Everton have so far accrued 55 points in this season of the Premier League
Everton will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten West Ham United 0-1 in their last fixture.
Everton keep finding ways to win, having secured two victories in their last three matches is astonishing this season. They currently stand eighth in the League, with 55 points having won 10 fixtures, drawn two fixtures, and lost six games.
Everton will travel to Villa with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with 11 wins and three darts.
Everton will have 58 points if they manage to secure a victory.
A solid defensive team
Defence begins with attack and Everton have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding 24 goals in their previous fixtures. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Premier League season. Everton will be concerned at having only scored 29 goals so far this season (27 from open play and two penalties). Their stand out attacking players have been Dominic Calvert-Lewin (11), Michael Keane (3), and James Rodriguez (3).
Everton may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.
Aston Villa v Everton Head-to-Head.
Both teams have previously met each other 50 times with the result being 19 wins and 18 draws for Villa. In their most recent meeting of this fixture, it Aston Villa secured a 1-2 away win.
For Villa, Anwar El Ghazi scored
five goals in 34 League games this season, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin contributed with
11 goals in 34 League matches this campaign for Everton.
Other players of note for Villa are Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins with goals each} and for Everton are Michael Keane and James Rodriguez with three goals and three goals respectively.