Aston Villa v EvertonAston Villa's last 5 matchesAston Villa 0-4 Manchester City
Tuesday 1st March 19:45
Premier League Match #27
- FA CupWest Ham 2-0 Aston VillaAston Villa 2-0 Norwich City
(Lescott, Agbonlahor)Aston Villa 0-6 LiverpoolStoke City 2-1 Aston Villa
(Bacuna)Everton's last 5 matchesCarlisle United 0-3 Everton
(Kone, Lennon, Barkley)Everton 3-0 Newcastle United
(Lennon, Barkley Pen x2)Stoke City 0-3 Everton
(Lukaku Pen, Coleman, Lennon)Everton 0-1 West Brom Bournemouth 0-2 Everton
- FA Cup (Barkley, Lukaku)
Aston Villa lost their 17th Premier League match of the season at the weekend with a 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City. Remi Garde's side are bottom of the league with just 16 points, the joint fourth lowest total of any club in the Premier League era. Liverpool ran out 6-0 winners in the last league match at Villa Park and the home side have won just two of their last 14 Premier League home fixtures (D4, L8), though they enjoyed a 3-2 victory in this fixture last season. Aston Villa have beaten Everton 18 times in the Premier League, more than they have against any other side, yet they have only won one of their last 10 league matches against the Toffees (D4, L5). Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored more goals against Everton (7) than any other Premier League side, though his last goal against them came over three years ago and he only has one league goal this season.
Remi Garde has been in charge of Aston Villa for 114 days now but the Villa manager has only seen his side take 12 points from a possible 48 during that period which is fewer than any other team in the Premier League table, though only seven points fewer than Everton during the same time frame. At this stage of last season, Villa had 6 more points and survived relegation with three points spare whilst Leicester City were sat bottom of the table and had just 18 points after 27 matches, though the Foxes were just seven points from safety with a game in hand whereas Aston Villa are currently eight points away from safety with the disadvantage of having played a match more than 17th placed Newcastle. Incredibly, Aston Villa have scored eight more goals this season yet they're still the lowest scorers in the league behind Swansea City (25) and they have failed to score in a joint league-high of 11 matches.
Everton's last Premier League match resulted in their 6th defeat at Goodison Park this season as they failed to overcome a resilient West Brom side in a 1-0 defeat. It was just the second time Everton have lost to a side currently in the bottom half of the Premier League this season (W6 D5) with the first defeat coming against Swansea in January, again at Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku has scored just three goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions and just 1 goal (penalty v Stoke) in his last seven league appearances but the Belgian has scored in each of his last four matches against Villa and five goals overall with two goals in the reverse fixture. Leon Osman is yet to score a goal this season but he has scored more goals (6) against Aston Villa than he has against any other side. Ross Barkley has been directly involved in 15 goals (8 goals & 7 assists) during his 26 league appearances this season, he had a hand in just 10 goals (8 goals & 2 assists) during his previous 76 league appearances.
Unfortunately for Aston Villa, Joleon Lescott has probably been one of their better players this season and there were a number of Evertonians who suggested that the former Everton man would be a greater acquisition on a free transfer than the money spent on Ramiro Funes Mori in the summer, though the stats suggest otherwise. The two Centre-backs have spent a similar amount of time on the pitch this season and the Argentine dominates in most areas. No player in the Everton squad has better heading statistics than the Argentine (3.42 Per90) with Phil Jagielka (2.54) and Romelu Lukaku (2.45) some distance behind in second and third place whilst FuMo also has the best tackling statistics of all three Everton Centre-backs and he has averaged more interceptions than any other Everton player during his time on the pitch as well.
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