Not many people would have fancied Villa’s chances against Everton after eight minutes of the game against West Brom on Wednesday night. Trailing to a Chris Brunt wonder goal and a Fabian Delph own goal, Paul Lambert’s men faced an uphill battle to get anything against the Baggies.
What happened in the remaining eighty-two minutes was nothing short of remarkable and will live long in the memory of every Villa fan for years to come. Andreas Weimann pulled a goal back almost immediately after Albion had gone 2-0 up and Leandro Bacuna then levelled the match with the most unorthodox of finishes.
Fabian Delph atoned for his own goal by producing the goal of the game. Albion equalised shortly before half time through a Youssouf Mulumbu goal and both sides went in to their respective dressing rooms all square at 3-3.
The second half failed to live up to the first in terms of goals but the only goal of the half brought delight to those of a claret and blue persuasion. Christian Benteke calmly stroked home a second half penalty and ensured the three points and the pride of the midlands were staying at B6.
Attention then turned to the next match, which involves a trip to Goodison Park and opposition in the form of Roberto Martinez’s ever impressive Everton side.
The expectation that the Villans will get a result in Liverpool has greatly increased over the past few days. The injury list at Everton is growing by the day and they are set to play the match without the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Bryan Oviedo, Sylvain Distin, Lacina Traore and Seamus Coleman to name but a few. Also, the comeback at home against local rivals West Brom has increased the hopes of many Villa fans that a result can be obtained at Goodison Park.
Bertrand Vlaar Clark Lowton
El Ahmadi Westwood Delph Bacuna
The game against Everton is set to come too quickly for Gabriel Agbonlahor as he looks to overcome a foot injury sustained in the match against Liverpool almost a fortnight ago.
Without the addition of any new signings since the arrivals of Grant Holt and Ryan Bertrand, it is set to be the same starting XI that lined up against West Brom on Wednesday evening.
Everton manager Martinez will be forced to make changes as Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out for several weeks and fellow loanee striker Lacina Traore is at least ten days away from being fit. Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas are likely to be vying for the centre-forward role.
Defenders Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin and forward Gerard Deulofeu (all hamstring) will not be ready to return to action for another week.
Venue: Goodison Park
Referee: Robert Madley
Kick off: 3:00p.m.
Tickets: The away allocation for the game is sold out
Last meeting: Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
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Everton 1-1 Aston Villa – Mark Lawrenson
Everton 2-1 Aston Villa – Paul Merson