On Thursday night, Everton travel to Villa Park where they take on Aston Villa with the opportunity to move into the final European qualification positions.
The last time these two sides met was fairly recently, on 1st May where Villa ran out as 2-1 winners at Goodison Park, in what was an under-par performance from the Toffees, but, since then, Carlo Ancelotti’s side put in a stern display away at West Ham, where Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goals of the game in a 1-0 win for the Italian’s side.
Villa were soundly beaten by Manchester United at the weekend, following a rampant second-half display by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side which saw goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani cancel out Bertrand Traore’s first-half opener.
In the latter stages of the match against United, Villa striker Ollie Watkins was sent off due to receiving a second yellow card for simulation, which will be a huge loss to Dean Smith’s side, as the former Brentford striker is their top scorer with 15 goals this campaign.
Everton have won by the score range of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 on 13 separate occasions in the Premier League this season.