Aston Villa vs Everton kicks off the weekend's action. Having returned to the Premier League thanks to a play-off final victory over Derby County, Aston Villa have yet to pick up a top-flight point. Everton got their first win of the campaign at home to Watford last time out. Can the Toffees make it back-to-back victories as they travel to Villa Park for Friday Night Football?
Aston Villa vs Everton – Match details, kick-off time and where to watch
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Date: 23rd August 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Michael Oliver
Where to Watch
Sky Sports subscribers have multiple ways to watch this Premier League clash. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and on Sky Sports Ultra HD. It will also be available on SkyGo for those who have access to this service.
Aston Villa v Everton – The form guide
It’s early days in the Premier League so it’s tough to read too much into the form. Villa struck early in their opening game against Tottenham but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat. Dean Smith’s men lost 2-1 to Bournemouth at home in their previous game but created enough chances to be encouraged by the display overall.
Everton have kept things tight so far. The Toffees failed to find a breakthrough against Crystal Palace but ended the game with 10 men on matchday one. Bernard struck a quick opener in their last outing and that proved enough to pick up a victory over Watford at Goodison Park.
What are the latest odds?
The bookies make Everton favourites to extend their winning run. The visitors are 5/4 (2.25) to come out on top with bet365 on Friday night. The same firm are 21/10 (3.10) that Villa grab their first victory of the season. It’s 5/2 (3.50) that the game ends all square.
Richarlison heads the first goalscorer market at 5/1 (6.0) ahead of new arrival Moise Kean who is 11/2 (6.50). Wesley has led the line in both Villa’s games so far and the Brazilian is 13/2 (7.50) to break the deadlock.
Aston Villa v Everton Team News
James Chester started 28 games last term but a thigh injury looks set to keep the Wales international out of this one. Fellow centre-back Kortney Hause is also set to miss out, as is Jonathan Kodija.
Fabian Delph joined Everton from Manchester City in the summer. However, the versatile midfielder is unlikely to be fit enough to make his Toffees debut in this game. Morgan Schneiderlin returns from his one-game suspension and could slot straight back into midfield alongside Andre Gomes.
Predicted Line Ups
Aston Villa: Heaton, Elmohamady, Engels, Mings, Taylor; McGinn, Luiz, Grealish; Trezeguet, Wesley, El-Ghazi
Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Schneiderlin, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin
Predictions for the match?
While Everton have made the better start to the season, they look a little short at 5/4 (2.25) here. Villa created plenty of scoring opportunities against Bournemouth, narrowly winning the Expected Goals count despite losing the game. Although it’s a very small sample size the newly-promoted side have looked far from outclassed despite a zero in their points tally to date.
Goals look likely to flow and both teams to score is short enough at 8/13 (1.62) at the time of writing. While Marco Silva’s side have kept back-to-back clean sheets, Watford missed a few presentable chances at Goodison Park.
It’s reasonable to expect Villa to find some joy in the final third having netted in both their games so far. At 8/13 (1.62) though, BTTS is solid accumulator material as opposed to a single selection.
Betting Tips for Aston Villa vs Everton
The hosts have yet to have a player booked this season, committing just 17 fouls. Everton, by contrast, have already picked up four yellow cards and one red. The visitors are 5/4 (2.25) with bet365 to receive the most cards here and that looks a worthwhile wager.
Referee Michael Oliver only gave out an average of 2.76 yellow cards across 30 Premier League matches last season. That’s the lowest of any ref who took charge of at least 28 games. The 34-year-old did send off seven players across that spell though.
Backing the draw looks the best bet at 21/10 (3.10) with the same firm. Villa have been a little unlucky so far while Everton were fortunate to take all three points last time out.
It’s sure to be a raucous atmosphere under the lights and both sides leaving Villa Park with a point apiece looks the way to go. Those seeking bigger returns should consider backing the 6/1 (7.0) about a 1-1 draw in the correct score market.
Best Bet: The Draw at 21/10 (3.10) with bet365
Value Bet: 1-1 Correct Score at 6/1 (7.0) with bet365
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