Everton v Aston Villa BettingJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Aston Villa look set to bounce back from their recent losses when they play away against Everton this weekend.
As we return from the international break, Aston Villa are looking stronger than they have in recent weeks and are good value to beat Everton at Goodison Park.
Paul Lambert’s side have lost their last three Premier League matches, although to put these recent defeats into context they were playing three of the highest performing league teams, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, making for a daunting fixture list by any standards. Before that Villa had been unbeaten in their first four games of the season, including a fine win against Liverpool at Anfield.
Aston Villa defender and captain Ron Vlaar hopes to make a return from injury this weekend having been out since August. The Netherlands international sustained a calf injury against Hull City and although the side initially coped well in his absence, their string of subsequent defeats have seen them drop down the table.
With the return of Vlaar on Saturday, Lambert’s side look to set to dominate the game.
“My calf is improving all the time but I’ve already resigned myself to missing Holland’s next two European Championship qualifiers,” he told the Birmingham Mail before the international break.
“That would make the game against Everton at Goodison Park my target for a comeback. It’s so annoying to be missing crucial games against top sides.”
The Toffees have had a very poor start to the 2014-15 season and sit in 17th place with just 6 points compared to the Villans’ 10.
Everton’s main concerns ahead of the clash include injuries to midfielders Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley. Defender John Stones is also side-lined with ankle ligament damage, although boss Roberto Martinez is confident in his defensive options ahead of Saturday.
“Antolin Alcaraz is working well and so is Tyias Browning, who can play that position,” he said. “We’ve got another two young players who have been doing really well.”
Everton’s secret weapon against Villa could be Scotland’s Steven Naismith, whose stunning goal against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers this week has kept Scotland well on track for the main stages of the competition.
Everton v Aston Villa Betting Tips
Aston Villa might not be the bookies favourite for the game but they’re looking strong and with odds of 9/2 at Ladbrokes are well worth betting on.
Everton’s Naismith is a good bet for anytime goal scorer at 11/10, as is Benteke for Aston Villa now that he’s returned to full fitness, priced at 8/5, both at Betway.