Everton v Aston Villa commentary and teams: Toffees face key game in Europe race

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Everton take on Aston Villa tonight in a must win game if they are to make a late charge for the European places.

The Toffees go into this game six points off Chelsea in fourth and could still make the top-four if result go their way before the end of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton face a key game against Aston Villa this weekend

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Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton face a key game against Aston Villa this weekend

Villa look set for a mid-table finish this term and Everton will hope they can catch Dean Smith’s side off guard.

These two are yet to meet this season after their initial fixture was postponed and is yet to be rescheduled.

Everton v Aston Villa: How to listen

This match will get under way at 8pm on Saturday, May 1.

Full coverage from Goodison Park will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7pm.

Faye Carruthers will be your host and commentary will come from Mark Wilson and Micky Gray.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

App iPhone – Download from the Apple store

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

Everton and Aston Villa face off in the Premier League this weekend

Everton and Aston Villa face off in the Premier League this weekend

Everton v Aston Villa: Confirmed team news

Everton defender Michael Keane is fit having overcome a hamstring strain which ruled him out of their win at Arsenal.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain out.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is still out with the shin injury his had since February.

Morgan Sanson and Trezeguet are both sidelined with knee injuries.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Holgate, Digne, Allan, Andre Gomes, Richarlison, Rodriguez, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Keane, Delph, King, Mina, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, Davies, Olsen.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Watkins.

Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Wesley, Nakamba, Elmohamady, Hause, Davis, Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace.

Everton v Aston Villa: What’s been said?

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: “We have to try to do our best and see which position we are at the end of the season.

“We are still in the fight, that is really good for us, really important. We are in a good momentum, we have players available, so this is a good sign.

“I think the victory against Arsenal gave us at least more motivation, and I hope we are able to get a result against Aston Villa.”

Everton need a win against Aston Villa


Everton need a win against Aston Villa

Everton v Aston Villa: Match stats and facts

  • Everton failed to win either Premier League game against Aston Villa last season (D1 L1), the first time that had happened since 2011-12. Everton last went three games without a win against the Villans between 2006 and 2012 (12 without a win).
  • This will be the 205th top-flight meeting between Aston Villa and Everton, the most played fixture in England’s top division. Everton have won 76 of these meetings to the Villans’ 74 (54 draws).
  • Aston Villa have won more games (19) and scored more goals (71) in the Premier League against Everton than they have vs any other side in the competition.
  • This is the latest first meeting between two sides in an English top-flight season since 1987-88, when Luton and Nottingham Forest’s first game against each other was on May 13th.
  • Everton have won just one of their last nine home league games (D3 L5), with that victory coming against Southampton in March (1-0).
  • Everton have lost seven Premier League home games this season – the Toffees have only lost more at Goodison Park in a 38-game season in the competition in 1996-97 and 2015-16 (8, both times).
  • Aston Villa lost just four of their first 14 Premier League games this season, finishing 2020 in fifth place in the table. Since the turn of the year, the Villans have lost nine times in 18 matches, with only Sheffield United and Southampton losing more in 2021 (12 each).
  • Aston Villa have opened the scoring in each of their last three Premier League games but have failed to win any of them (D1 L2). In the first 14 games in which they scored first this season, the Villans only failed to win twice (W12 D1 L1).
  • 12 of Everton’s 44 Premier League goals this season have been headers, the highest ratio in the division (27.3%). Meanwhile, Aston Villa have conceded the highest share of headed goals so far this season (24.3% – 9/37).
  • No keeper has kept more away clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez (8). Only four keepers have ever kept more clean sheets on the road in their first season with a club in the competition – Shaka Hislop with West Ham in 1998-99 (9), Petr Cech with Chelsea in 2004-05 (11), Ederson with Man City in 2017-18 (9) and Liverpool’s Alisson in 2018-19 (9).

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