Aston Villa vs Everton match preview Villa could win the first game of the season

Aston Villa vs Everton

Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause is fit again, leaving Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester as the only absentees.

Midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and full-backs Frederic Guilbert and Matt Targett await their debuts.

Everton left-back Lucas Digne has overcome a hamstring problem, while Leighton Baines could feature after recovering from a thigh injury sustained in pre-season.

Fabian Delph remains out but Morgan Schneiderlin is available after a ban.



This is the most-played league fixture in England. Friday marks their 203rd league encounter - all in the top flight - with Everton leading Aston Villa by 76 wins to 73.
Everton have scored two goals or more in eight successive Premier League meetings - a club record run against the same opponent.
Villa's only win in their 11 most recent league matches against Everton was 3-2 at home in May 2015.*

Aston Villa

Aston Villa have only once started a Premier League season with more than two successive defeats - a run of four in 1997-98.
They have lost 14 of their past 15 Premier League games, drawing the other one against Newcastle. It's the second-longest winless run in the club's top-flight history, four behind their unwanted record.
Their most recent top-flight win came against Norwich at Villa Park in February 2016.
Villa have suffered consecutive home league defeats for the first time since February 2017. They last fared worse when losing six in a row between February and April 2016.
Since winning their first Friday Premier League match, against Spurs in December 1997, Villa have drawn three and lost two of the five top-flight fixtures they have played on that day.
Jack Grealish has lost a record 20 Premier League games in a row.*


The Toffees have gone unbeaten in their opening two Premier League fixtures for the last eight campaigns.
They are vying to start a season with three successive top-flight clean sheets for the first time since 1912.
Everton's tally of 12 Premier League clean sheets in 2019 is second only to Manchester City's 13.
Their only defeat in 10 league matches came at Fulham in April (W6, D3).

Seamus Coleman and Gylfi Sigurdsson are both one short of 250 Premier League appearances.

Talking tactics

Everton’s true might is on the wings. Bernard, Digne, Richarlison and Coleman present immediate and obvious direct threats. Silva will take liberties and ask his wing-backs to push up and overload wide positions. This gives room to creators like Gylfi Sigurðsson, who can find the killer ball to the inside-forwards or Kean up front.

The danger here is not in a cross, but the mass of bodies able to take advantage of striking positions. Everton may be able to field as many as six forwards on an overload, with Gomes and Gbamin lurking. Ideally, Villa will be able to deal with the aerial threat with Tyrone Mings and Björn Engels - but even the best defender in the world can be reduced to a mere bollard to be passed around by a fruitful and well-thought out attacking plan.
The easiest counter to Everton’s wing attack is simple - attack. Villa need to use their own attacking impetus to strike heavy blows, and early on. Everton’s wide players are not any use when facing attacking pressure, and cannot overload or attack themselves if they do not have the ball. Villa need to keep possession, take the sting from the tempo and invite the press.
However, committing mistakes when playing a defensive trap will only damn them, again. Villa under Smith play with speed, and intelligence. These two attributes do not combine well, or cope, under pressure. We saw that in the last match. Dean Smith likely won’t change too much about his approach just yet - but Villa cannot afford to commit any more mistakes. Their playing style won’t aid that, so this is on the players to step up under pressure. It might be asking a lot from Villa’s wing-game to step up and go toe-to-toe with Everton’s, but this is Premier League football and AVFC cannot shy away from the challenge.
What time is kick-off?

THIS Premier League clash is set for Friday, August 23.

Kick-off is at 8pm.

Everton's last visit to this ground was in 2016, when goals from Romelu Lukaku, Aaron Lennon and Ramiro Funes-Mori gave them a 3-1 win.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

YOU can catch this game live on Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD.

Coverage will begin on each channel at 7pm.

If you're a Sky customer, download the Sky Go app to stream wherever you are.
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