Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. Everton
Venue: Villa Park – Tuesday, March 1 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)
Match Odds: Aston Villa 19/5 – Draw 13/5 – Everton 3/4
The Villains are still rock bottom of the table and are eight points from safety with 11 games to play. It looks as if relegation is a certainty but a miracle finish to the season could give them a chance at somehow beating the drop.
They will need to win the majority of their remaining games to stand a chance, however, and that looks to be an impossible task. Remi Garde’s men fell 2-1 at Stoke on Saturday and didn’t show the spirit of a team fighting for their lives.
They lost 6-0 to Liverpool in their last home game and although the home supporters deserve so much better from their team, they are unlikely to be given much to cheer about on Tuesday evening.
Everton travel to Villa off the back of a ten-day rest following their FA Cup win at Bournemouth and should be fresh for this clash after spending time in Dubai. They lost 1-0 at home to West Brom in their last league game, despite dominating the match, and will be out to get three points here.
Roberto Martinez’s side have been inconsistent all season but they are unbeaten in seven away trips and destroyed Aston Villa 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park back in November.
They look to be in good shape to end the season strongly and will hope that three points on Tuesday can propel them into the top half of the league table.Embed from Getty Images
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde will be glad to welcome back Jordan Ayew following his three-game suspension, while Jack Grealish and Carlos Sanchez are both nearing returns from injury and could be in contention to make the squad. Libor Kozak, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi are all definitely out.
Everton have had ten days to prepare for this game and should arrive fresh. Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning remain sidelined through injury, while Muhamed Besic is a doubt and is unlikely to be risked.
Aston Villa’s last five: D/L/W/L/L
Everton’s last five: D/L/W/W/L
Key Stat: Everton have only lost one away game all season and are now unbeaten in seven matches on the road.
Key Player: Ross Barkley – The Everton playmaker has been in good form this season and scored twice against Villa in the reverse fixture. He has five goals in his last six in all competitions and will look to haunt a struggling Villa defence here.
Aston Villa 0-3 Everton – Everton cruised past Villa in the reverse fixture and should prove to far too good for their opponents once again here. If Villa show spirit they could cause the Toffees backline problems, but they have looked like a relegated team for a long time and will likely be confined to their 18th loss of the season on Tuesday night.