Aston Villa v Everton betting tips: Familiar foes meet again
Preview and odds for Thursday’s match
Aston Villa against Everton is the most-played fixture in the history of English football and they meet for the second time in less than a fortnight on Thursday.
Villa edged a 2-1 win at Goodison Park earlier this month and another close contest is expected with both teams priced up at 33/20 to come out on top this time.
Thursday’s match is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 6pm as we highlight a few potential Aston Villa v Everton betting tips.
Aston Villa v Everton match odds
Both teams have spent much of the season dreaming of European football but those hopes have faded in the second half of the campaign.
Villa have only managed two wins in 10 matches since the start of March, although one of those came against the Toffees.
They threatened to beat Manchester United on Sunday when they took a half-time lead through Bertrand Traore but could not hold on and were eventually beaten 3-1.
That was their sixth successive game in which there have been goals at both ends and both teams to score here is an option at 8/13.
Everton bounced back from their defeat against Villa with a 1-0 win at West Ham on Sunday when Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal.
That was Everton’s seventh 1-0 win of the season, including each of their last four, so a 1-0 away victory may attract interest at 17/2.
Aston Villa v Everton head-to-head
Villa are unbeaten against Everton since their return to the Premier League in 2019, winning two of the three meetings either side of a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park last July.
Anwar El Ghazi’s stoppage-time goal sealed a 2-0 home victory in August 2019 and it was the Dutchman again who grabbed the late winner in the most recent meeting.
Everton: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Godfrey, Coleman, Allan, Sigurdsson, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Jack Grealish could return to Villa’s squad after missing the last 12 games with a shin problem. Morgan Sanson and Trezeguet (both knee) are out while Ollie Watkins is banned after his red card against Manchester United.
Everton will be without James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina at Villa Park. Rodriguez has been sidelined after hurting his calf in the warm-up ahead of the home game against Villa, and fellow Colombian Mina sustained an adductor problem in Sunday’s 1-0 win at West Ham.
Several England players will be out to enhance their selection claims ahead of this summer’s European Championship and Gareth Southgate may be an interested observer.
Villa are without Watkins but whoever replaces him up front must get past Jordan Pickford, who kept Everton in the recent game to allow them to reach half-time level thanks to Calvert-Lewin’s 15th league goal of the campaign which he added to against West Ham at the weekend.
Calvert-Lewin is looking like an able deputy to Harry Kane at Euro 2020 and is evens to score from inside the box here as he comes up against England team-mate Tyrone Mings.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication