Everton vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Goodison Park.
The Toffees have been ruled out of contention for the European spots, and it’s kind of sad that a manager of the caliber of Carlo Ancelotti was fighting for a ticket to the Europa League. But such is the cruel, competitive nature of the Premier League.
With nothing much left to play for, we can expect a drop in intensity from the players. No point now in risking injuries just for the sake of points that would ultimately lead to nothing.
On the other hand though, the Lions are desperately clinging on for dear life to extend their stay in the top flight for another campaign. They have three fixtures remaining, and they will have to overcome a deficit of four points in order to avoid relegation.
As far as Dean Smith’s men are concerned, these are three finals. They will give their blood and sweat on the pitch to secure the remaining nine points.
Likely, expect an inspiring performance from Aston Villa, and count on them to post at least one point from this game.
Everton vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Lions had won the reverse fixture, with a 2-0 scorecard at home.
- However, their counterparts had recorded six of the preceding eight wins.
- 14 of the former 19 match-ups had goals from both teams.
- Nine of the previous twelve encounters had three or more goals.
- The hosts are on a three-game winning run at this stadium.
Everton vs Aston Villa: Prediction
The Toffees lost 3-0 on the road the last match-day, against Wolves. In the meantime, Smith’s men registered a 2-0 victory at home the past game week, against Crystal Palace.
As things stand, the Lions seem the slight favorites here – contrary to their standings in the table. And the prime reason for that would be their desperation and motivation.
We can expect a lot of youngsters being given minutes by Ancelotti, as their season is effectively over, while their counterparts are in effect playing one of the most important games of their lives.
On top of that, Smith’s men had also won the reverse fixture, and they are fresh off a win against Crystal Palace. On the contrary, the Toffees are winless in their last three matches, and were so in seven of their preceding nine games.
As such, expect Aston Villa to secure at least a draw this Thursday.
Be that as it may, Ancelotti’s men still are the better team on the pitch, and are far more experienced than their counterparts. Moreover, they are unbeaten at home in 2020, and are on a three-match winning run at home against this rival.
Likely, expect goals coming from both teams.
Everton vs Aston Villa: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Aston Villa or Draw @ 1.83 (5/6)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 (3/4).