The Villains will look to demoralise the high spirits of Everton this Saturday (3pm GMT). The Toffees got one over on Manchester United in their first game of the season and will be hoping they can obtain a good string of performances in the opening stage of the Premier League.
The Evertonians are often slow starters, a contrast to their rivals, as Villa usually come firing out the blocks. The opening day suggested otherwise. Aston Villa lost against newly promoted West Ham whilst Everton took three points against United.
The blue side of Liverpool are approaching the season optimistically. Tim Howard strongly believes his team have what it takes to continue their good fortune.
Marouane Fellaini was the star man in their previous outing grabbing the all-important goal. The Belgium International took the headlines and would have made many fantasy football participants happy with his star rating.
Bet365 odds on this Aston Villa v Everton match:
11/8 Everton, 2/1 Aston Villa, 23/10 Draw
Aston Villa will surely take courage from their home advantage against the boys in blue. Paul Lambert was disappointed with his managerial debut and will hope to see an abundance of pressure from the off come Saturday afternoon.
Villa came second in the clash of the claret and blues despite a good start. The Birmingham side were merely missing a lethal finisher. Darren Bent has proved in the past his capabilities in front of goal. For me Bent is always value for money as the first goalscorer solely because of his finishing instincts.
Paul Lambert’s side were without their two new debutants in their last game. New players Vlaar, Lowton, Al Ahmadi and Holman are expected to start their second Premier League game in hope of making an impression. Villa are without influential playmaker, Marc Albrighton. For Everton, Nickica Jelavic and Sylvain Distin are doubtful after picking up niggles against The Red Devils.
Both sides have drawn six of their last seven outings against each other. Statistics convey the most likely outcome would be a draw and I fancy a tightly-contested game.