Aston Villa vs Everton predicted lineups: are the Villains ready to bounce back?

Both Aston Villa and Everton began their new Premier League campaign with defeats in the curtain raiser. The Villains were particularly badly bruised in Newcastle and they will be eager to react positively in their home opener. This will be the 211th edition of the fixture, which makes it the most played top-flight contest of any English rivalry. Just that, should be enough to excite fans. Now we give you our Aston Villa vs Everton predicted lineups and the latest team news.

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The game is scheduled for Sunday, August 20th and will be played at Villa Park in Birmingham. The kick-off time is 14:00 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Aston Villa vs Everton predicted lineups.

Aston Villa vs Everton Predicted Lineups and News

Before we go into more details regarding the Aston Villa vs Everton possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength. And if you can’t make it to the stadium don’t worry, you can always enjoy all the action on TV.

Team news: Aston Villa

Aston Villa looked very shaky defensively in round 1 when they lost 1-5 away vs Newcastle. The one positive from this display was Diaby’s goal just 11 minutes into his Premier League debut. The Villains will hope to react positively to this drubbing and they will fancy their chances to win the 211th edition of this oldest of rivalries in an English top flight. Villa won all of their last 4 home matches vs Everton and they would feel confident.

Defender Mings sustained an injury in the first round and he is likely to be absent now. Mings is just 1 of 9 players currently nursing injuries so coach Emery’s options are seriously limited. McGinn should start again on the wing as Buendia remains sidelined. Also, there could be a full debut for Tielemans after his appearance off the bench in the first game.

Ollie Watkins will lead the line and he will be eager to extend his perfect personal record vs Everton. Watkins has played in 5 games against the Toffees in his career and his teams have won all of those 5 matches. Watkins himself has 2 goals and 2 assists in his 5 games vs Everton.

Aston Villa Predicted Lineups (4-2-3-1):

Martinez – Cash, Carlos, Torres, Digne – Kamara, Luiz – Diaby, Tielemans, McGinn – Watkins

Team news: Everton

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Despite having 19 shot attempts in round 1 Everton created very few clear chances when hosting Fulham and in the end, lost the game 0-1. The display was not all bad but once more the lack of cutting-edge and creativity in the final third of the pitch were obvious.

Coach Dyches is trying to change his ways but he still prefers to use old-fashion tactics and it seems Everton will continue to rely on set pieces and crosses from the flanks to create chances.

Maupay has now gone 33 consecutive games without scoring but he might have to start again as the main centre forward Calvert-Lewin is only just back from injury and still not ready for full 90 minutes. Added the quality winger Jack Harrison to their squad during the week but he won’t be available for a debut just yet due to a groin injury.

McNeill, Coleman and Alli are also on the injury list so the options on the flanks are very limited right now.

Everton Predicted Lineups (4-5-1):

Pickford – Patterson, Tarkowski, Keane, Young – Iwobi, Onana, Doucoure, Gueye, Danjuma – Maupay

Will Jack Harrison play for Everton?

Everton’s new signing Jack Harrison will have to miss the match due to a groin problem.

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