EPL Matchday 16: Everton v. Aston Villa Preview

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EPL Matchday 16: Everton v. Aston Villa Preview

After the disappointment of their mid-week UEFA Cup defeat to Slovakian minnows MSK Zilina, Aston Villa will look to get back to winning ways with a win away at Everton.

Villa will be looking for their first win since defeating Arsenal at the Emirates in mid-November, but have an impressive away record of four wins from six league games this season.

Everton themselves will be looking to get over some disappointment, they've won just one game at home in the league all season. They will hope to build on their victory at Tottenham Hotspur with a second home win of the season in the EPL.

 

Team News

Everton

Manager David Moyes will be without several of his key strikers for the game against Aston Villa.

James Vaughan (knee) is still out injured, and after picking up a hamstring injury last weekend, French striker Louis Saha is also on the sidelines. Target man Aiyegbeni Yakubu is the biggest problem for Moyes, he'll be out for the season after rupturing his achilles against Tottenham.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for Moyes. Despite not being fit enough in time for Sunday's clash, defenders Tony Hibbert (thigh) and Lars Jacobsen (shoulder) are expected to be back in training and should feature for Everton's game next weekend.

 

Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Marin O'Neill rested a whole host of first team players for the UEFA Cup group game against MSK Zilina.

Despite losing the game 2-1, Villa still qualified for the last 32 of the competition, and perhaps most importantly have no new injury worries.

O'Neill is likely to only keep Ashley Young, Luke Young, Nigel Reo-Coker and Carlos Cuellar from the starting line-up against Zilina for the game at Goodison.

This could mean recalls for Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gareth Barry, Steve Sidwell, Stilian Petrov, Curtis Davies, Brad Friedel, and Martin Laursen.

Norweigan striker John Carew remains sidelined with a back problem.

 

Prediction

Aston Villa's impressive away record in the EPL, and Everton's poor home record and injuries to their key strikers, means that I will have to go for a 3-2 Aston Villa victory.

Gabby Agbonlahor to get a hat-trick for the Villa (hopefully).  

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