Everton vs Aston Villa – Game 34 (5/1/2021)

The trip to Goodison Park last season was torturous as Theo Walcott as scored an 87th minute equaliser to rob Villa of two of the three points they desperately needed to survive the drop back into the Championship League.  Will that motivate them more than the possibility of access to European soccer next year that Everton is seeking?

The answer is almost certainly the latter.  Despite very uneven home performances (only 9 points out of a possible 27 this year), Manager Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have an easier time preparing his squad for this fixture.  Pickford, Coleman, Digne, Allan, Rodriguez, Richarlison, and Calvert-Lewin, who have all been unavailable at times, should start this fixture.  That’s a lot of talent.

Aston Villa, in contrast, have trouble finding enough Premier League experience to fill their substitute bench.  Many fans have called for Manager Smith to give Keinan Davis a start alongside Ollie Watkins in a 4-4-2 line-up.  Both front men would come with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. 

Another game-changer could be Jacob Ramsey who induced fouls by Kyle Walker and John Stones with his deceptive speed.  He could be one of the two wide midfielders.

With that configuration, I could see our Villans gaining a point.  Without that kind of line-up, we’ll be sitting ducks.

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