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The second gameweek of the Premier League is here and Aston Villa take on Everton at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon. Both of these sides suffered defeats in their opening games of the season, with Villa suffering a 5-1 demolition at the hands of Newcastle whilst Everton were defeated 1-0 at home to Fulham, despite dominating for the majority of the game. Each team will be hoping they can grab their first three points of the season and set the precedent for the campaign that is to come. 

Both clubs have been relatively active in the transfer market, with each of them making some astute signings. The respective managers will be hoping the new additions can click with the rest of the squad as quickly as possible to build strong foundations for the season ahead. Villa’s captures of Moussa Diaby and Nicolo Zaniolo look to be intelligent signings and if they kick on, they will be a dangerous side who could challenge for Europe once again. 

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Only one change expected for Villa

The home side were rocked last weekend against Newcastle after defender Tyrone Mings was forced off with a serious knee injury and it was evident to see Villa were rocked as that was the catalyst for their collapse in the game. Up until that point, the game was an open one and it looks as if the Villans could snatch something from it. Unai Emery will be hoping that his side will put Mings’ injury behind them as it is expected he will only make one change with summer signing Pau Torres likely to be the one to come in for the stricken Mings.

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A change up top for the Toffees?

It was a tale of chances not taken for Everton in their opening game of the season against Fulham as they dominated their opponents. Striker Neal Maupay was the main culprit for the Toffees, with the Frenchman spurning two big opportunities in front of goal. It is expected that Sean Dyche will shuffle the pack towards the top end of the pitch with loan signing Arnaut Danjuma expected to be the one to come in to take Maupay’s place in the side. Dyche will be hoping a result on Sunday on Villa will be what can get his team’s season underway as they look to avoid being stuck in a relegation battle as they have been in the past two seasons.

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Aston Villa v Everton Team Stats

Conference League beckons for Villa

Unai Emery’s side surprised many up and down the league last season as they finished in the European places, qualifying for the Conference League play offs having been left in 17th place with Two wins in their first 10 games before the Spaniard took over. The main contributing factor of Villa’s finish in a European spot was a 10 game unbeaten run in the business end of the season, picking up a huge 26 points out of a possible 30. It was far from the best start to the campaign for Villa but Emery will be aiming for his side to bounce back against Sunday’s opponents. 

Another season of disappointment for Everton?

It is no secret that the fans of Everton are unhappy with how their team have performed over the last two seasons and rightly so. The Toffees have been well under par compared to how they played in the mid 2010’s when they were finishing in a European place on a consistent basis. Everton struggled for goals last season, scoring the second lowest goals in the league (34) and it is clear to see that is where their problems lie. Their top scorer last term was Dwight McNeil who managed just Seven goals in the league and having watched them in their opening game at home to Fulham, it seems as though that problem is still with them. If the Toffees manage to find a player to score on a consistent basis for them, then there is no doubt they will do just fine in the Premier League this season.

Aston Villa v Everton Players to watch

Dynamic Diaby off to a promising start

Many were intrigued when Villa signed Moussa Diaby for a club record fee as the 24 year old was subject to interest from a number of clubs. The Villans did well to capture the signing of the Frenchman from Bayer Leverkusen and he impressed on his debut, finishing superbly in the defeat to Newcastle. A leg involving Diaby could be a very interesting addition to a  Villa bet builder, in particular in the shots market. In the Bundesliga last season, Diaby averaged 2.4 shots per game and is definitely a player to consider when thinking about an Aston Villa v Everton bet builder as he sits at odds of 1.36 to have over 1.5 shots

Watkins looking to rediscover last seasons scoring form

In 2022/23, Ollie Watkins had his best ever Premier League campaign in front of goal as he bagged 15 goals in 37 games. It was not the start to the season that Watkins or Villa desired and they will be aiming for redemption in their game against Everton on Sunday. To his credit, Watkins worked tirelessly to link up with those playing in behind him, providing Moussa Diaby an assist for the equaliser. As a bit of a longshot addition to an Aston Villa v Everton bet builder, Watkins to get another assist could end up being a very intriguing leg as he currently sits at odds of 5.50 to do just that. 

Miraculous Martinez key in between the sticks

The World Cup golden glove winner is an incredibly important figure in the Aston Villa squad and on many occasions last season kept his side in games. Across the whole of last term, Martinez made an average of 2.7 saves per game highlighting his importance within this Villa side. The Argentinian has been a domineering presence in between the sticks since joining from Arsenal and despite an off day last weekend, it looks as if he will have a big influence yet again this season. 

Gueye the shining light for Everton

Despite defeat on the opening day, one could argue that Everton were the better side as they had more efforts on goal than their opponents and did look threatening on multiple occasions. One man who looked impressive for the Toffees was midfield man Idrissa Gueye and the Senegalese international was an engine in the middle of the park as he made the most tackles in the game (Six). On average last season, the 33-year-old averaged 2.9 tackles per game and he could be an interesting pick for a Villa v Everton bet builder in regards to making tackles in the game. Gueye sits at odds of 1.53 to make 2.5 tackles in the game and Sunday and could be an interesting addition to any bet builder.

Pickford the saviour for Toffees

In similar vein to how Martinez is important to Villa, it could be argued that Pickford is even more crucial to his Everton side. On several occasions last term, the England international kept his side in games and is one of the sole reasons the Toffees managed to stay up. The 29-year-old averaged a whopping 3.4 saves per game last campaign, highlighting his significance in an Everton team who struggled in the League. Having seen their performance against Fulham in their opening game, it seems as though the Toffees are going to be looking upon Pickford to rescue them once again this season, which is a fact that could leave Everton fans worrying.

Creative spark Iwobi looks to produce once more

Everton winger Alex Iwobi was a bright spark for the club in the 2022/23 season and his direct approach often troubles defences. In their game against Fulham, Iwobi looked dangerous and played with a directness that caused problems for the Cottager’s back line. The Nigerian international attempted 4 dribbles against Fulham, was successful in 3 of those and had 4 attempts on goal in the process. Last term, Iwobi attempted an average of 2.9 dribbles per game as well as an average of 1.1 shots per game in the league. Iwobi is at odds of 1.40 to have over 0.5 shots in the game and for even more of a long shot in a Villa v Everton bet builder, is at 2.75 to have over 1.5 shots.

Aston Villa v Everton Matchups to watch

Moussa Diaby v James Tarkowski

One battle that could be intriguing and exciting in the game is Moussa Diaby up against Everton’s James Tarkowski. Diaby is likely to set up in the role just behind Watkins and he will look to offer his support with third man runs to give Villa an extra option when going forward. It will be interesting to see how Everton set up to combat Diaby making the runs in behind and Tarkowski is likely to be the man who will look to stop the Frenchman. The chances are that he will shuffle deeper than his centre half partner who will be tasked with dealing with Watkins. Although Tarkowski isn’t the fastest, he is the quicker out of the two central defenders Everton will line up with and should he give himself enough of a head start, should be able to deal with Diaby’s lightning quick pace. On that note, Tarkowski could end up being a smart addition to a Villa v Everton bet builder as he is at odds of 2.50 to be booked

Pau Torres v Arnaut Danjuma

Two former teammates go head to head as Pau Torres faces up against Villarreal man Arnaut Danjuma, who is on a season-long loan at the Toffees. Torres was very much thrown in at the deep end on his Premier League debut against Newcastle as he replaced the stricken Tyrone Mings. The Spaniard looked relatively out of his depth as he and central defensive partner struggled against an incredibly dangerous Newcastle forward line. It remains to be seen whether Torres will be able to adapt to life in the Premier League but if he is to do so, it needs to be soon, particularly given the length of time Mings finds himself sidelined. Danjuma joins Everton looking to impress having suffered a disappointing loan spell at Tottenham in the second half of last season. If the frontman can look to replicate his scoring form at Villarreal then he will become a real asset for the Toffees but if his 20 minute spell in the game against Fulham is anything to go by, then it seems as though the Dutchman will struggle once more.

Douglas Luiz v Amadou Onana

The battle in midfield could be a crucial one, in particular the one between Douglas Luiz and Amadou Onana. Luiz is a terrier-like midfielder whilst Onana is a powerful player who will look to carry the ball forward for his side at any given opportunity. The two men sit at odds of 2.50 and 2.75 to get booked and either could be a sensible choice for a Villa v Everton bet builder. Luiz was the second most booked player last term (Six) and Onana picked up the most yellows for his side (Nine). It is highly likely that Sunday’s game will be a physical one and each of the midfield players will seek to take it by the scruff of its neck.

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