Preview: Everton v Aston Villa

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Paul Lambert takes his struggling Aston Villa side to Merseyside to take on David Moyes and his Everton side.

It is no secret that this is one of my favorite fixtures in the Premiership calendar and should we go down like i expect us to do, it is one I miss dearly so I hope that the Villans give a good account for themselves.

I doubt the Toffee’s will show mercy as the continue to push for a European spot while Villa currently sit 19th in the Premiership table.

The Blues find themselves on a 4-match unbeaten run just a point behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Villa on the other hand have only managed two points from the previous 21 on offer. Paul Lambert was once again given the dreaded vote of confidence this week from Randy Lerner – someone who claims to be our owner, but is never seen at Villa Park.

Lambert has stated he will take the positives from the defeat against Newcastle in this game, so surely he must stay well away from his favourite 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation.

Team News

Everton: Both Darren Gibson and Nikica Jelavic will be pushing for a return to the starting line up.

Seamus Coleman is expected to be out for a few weeks.

Aston Villa: New signing French midfielder Yacouba Sylla should go straight into Paul Lambert’s side following his move from Clermont Foot on deadline day. Fellow new signing Simon Dawkins could also play some part.

Richard Dunne has suffered a fresh setback with his groin problem, while Fabian Delph is expected not to travel as he is still sidelined with an ankle problem.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’m an evertonian but I just wanna say that I hope villa don’t go down
    Big traditional club just like us.so good luck villa for the rest of the season after you have played us

  2. Thanks Terry, always had good games with Everton, would be great for the league if you get top four, hope we will play you guys next year!! Up the villa

  3. Read all your comments and all the cockneys and mancs . Glad your all all up for fun . Apart from that villain wanker . He’s just a mouth

  4. In celestial mechanics, the problem of two position vectors and the time of flight between them is usually known as Lambert’s problem, since some dude named Lambert solved that darn mathematical problem.

    At Aston Villa, there is another Lambert’s problem, and while it might not sound as complicated as the opening paragraph, the situation seems to be equally baffling and remains currently unsolved by another Lambert dude, this one named Paul.

    It’s easy to sit in front of a computer, string together some paragraphs, and start pretending that I know more about managing / coaching a team that Paul Lambert. I do not. I cannot even claim to know where the problem(s) lie within the Villa team, because on paper, with players such as Benteke, Weimann, Bent, Agbonlahor, N’Zogbia etc, Villa should be sitting comfortably in the middle of the EPL table.

    About The Manager
    I do not doubt the abilities of Paul Lambert at all. This is a man who brought Norwich City all the way into the EPL from League One, while having his players play rather attractive soccer with a never-give-up attitude. At Villa though, nothing seems to be going according to plan, and even worse, they seem to be as clueless as headless chickens when defending set-pieces.

    About January Signings
    New players brought into a team usually bring about a sense of progress and optimism to the squad, but I doubt that the additions of Sylla and Dawkins will have fans and current players doing cartwheels. While no one was expecting Lerner to approve funding to buy / loan the likes of Falcao / Messi / Christian Ronaldo, surely even he must have understood the need for Villa to add experienced players to aid in this relegation fight?

    About The Team
    I understand the need to rotate players to ‘keep them on their toes, fighting for places’ or not to ‘overuse’ them. But Villa (sadly) have nothing to play for now other than their future in the EPL. Surely it’s time to pick a strong starting eleven, stick with that selection, and introduce some stability between those players? It must be really frustrating for players to play one game, rest the next, and not even know when they will be in the starting lineup again?

    Only three teams will get relegated come the end of the season and while my picks are QPR (Redknapp, bless his little cotton socks, but it might be a case of too little too late), Reading (they look out of their league playing in the EPL), Wigan (might not have the fight in them to battle out of relegation this time), Villa might well take Wigan’s place unless Lambert can start bringing out the best in his talented pool of players, starting at Everton. @Brandsultants

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