Aston Villa's last 5 matches 2013/14:Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa v Everton FC
Villa Park (Capacity: 42, 877)
Saturday 26th October 15:00
Premier League Match 9
(Kozak)Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham
- League CupAston Villa 3-2 Manchester City
(El Ahmadi, Bacuna, Weimann)
Hull 0-0 Aston VillaAston Villa 0-2 TottenhamEverton's last 5 matches 2013/2014:West Ham 2-3 Everton
(Baines x2, Lukaku)Fulham 2-1 Everton
- League cup (Naismith)Everton 3-2 Newcastle
(Lukaku x2, Barkley)Manchester City 3-1 Everton
(Lukaku)Everton 2-1 Hull
Aston Villa regularly have played a 4-3-3 formation this season, however they've only won one game using it which came on the opening day at the emirates. In the absence of Ashley Westwood they chose a 3-5-2 formation in their last win against Manchester City. The other victory which came away to Norwich saw Lambert set out with a flat 4-4-2 formation.
Despite a tough start, Villa have managed 10 points from their 8 matches which puts them 13th in the table going into this one. Attacking wise, they're nothing to write home about besides Benteke's 4 goals so far in the league though Agbonlahor is yet to score a league goal this season so will inevitably end that on Saturday against his favourite club.
Everton will go into the weekend in 7th place yet again, despite beating Hull City 2-1. However the distance between Everton and Manchester United in 8th place is 4 points this week meaning Everton can't drop any lower even with defeat. The victory over Hull city brought up our total number of goalscorers to 7 with Mirallas and Pienaar bagging the goals. Only Swansea, Chelsea and Arsenal have more goalscorers.
Thankfully, Steven Pienaar returned from injury to take a place on the bench last Saturday meaning that the only injury concern left is to Antolin Alcaraz. For the first time this season we may see our strongest team. Meanwhile, Aston Villa will be without midfielder Gary Gardner, central defender Jores Okore and winger Charles N'zogbia for our visit.
This will be the 215th meeting between the sides. Aston Villa won the first fixture 2-1 at Villa Park in 1888.