Everton are the visitors to Villa Park this evening and Dean Smith will be hoping his side can pick their first points up since their return to the Premiership.
Despite the two defeats in the opening two games, the majority of Villa fans still have faith in both the manager and players. And rightly so. Both the manager and the players have openly stated where it is going wrong. So in theory, you would like to think they know how to put it right.
Everton has been on a high so far this season, picking up four points from a possible six. In fact, they have failed to concede a goal, so far this campaign. It is a club I have a huge amount of respect for. There are so many similarities between Everton and Villa during our history.
Let’s just hope that Villa can learn from their mistakes and put a show on for England manager, Gareth Southgate.
Kortney Hause is available for selection after missing out on the first two games through an ankle injury. Jonathan Kodjia is back in light training but it is thought that tonight’s game has come too soon for the Ivorian.
James Chester is still out with a hamstring problem.
Everton will be pleased that Lucas Digne is available for selection. The full-back was forced off with a muscle injury last weekend but he has made a recovery.
New boy (aka snake), Fabian Delph will miss the fixture through injury.
WHAT DID THE MANAGERS SAY
“We’re creating chances, we just need to start taking them.” Dean Smith stated in his press conference.
“There’s certainly no frustration with [forward] Wesley from me or his team-mates. He brings other people into play and he’s getting better and better.”
Marco Silva stated after being asked about his side’s chances of going top of the league tonight: “It would be good but we have to prove we are able to do that.”
“Afterwards we will see the result and if we get to the top. In our minds, we just have to respect them [Villa] and go there with desire and commitment to win.”
HEAD TO HEAD
Kick-off: 8 pm
Referee: Michael Oliver
Tickets: Sold out