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Aston Villa vs. Everton

Villa Park

23/08/2007

2pm

Villa v Everton Preview

Villa fell from grace last week against a Manchester City side who appeared there for the taking, it was a case of 'after the Lord mayors show' following our superb win against Chelsea, so Villa have to get back on track and pick up points at home v Everton. Never an easy game but we've got the measure of them stats wise at Villa Park.

Vital Quotes:

Martin O'Neill said: 'Everton over the last couple of seasons have proved their credentials and one season they even broke into the top-four. They had one season that was a bit stodgy, but otherwise they've done pretty well. They can grind out results. They're very strong, hard to beat and they do grind out results. Now, in addition to that, they've gone into the market and spent very heavily on Yakubu.' Adding, 'We lost the first home game (v Liverpool), but won the next two with very pleasing results against Fulham and Chelsea. Home form is crucial. Our aim this season is to win some more games than we drew last year. Do that and we won't be far away.'

Aston Villa Team News:

Marlon Harewood is still out of contention, well out of contention for sitting on the bench. John Carew will hopefully be less 'tired' and can lead the line and set off his seasons goal feast.

(from): Carson, Mellberg, Laursen, Knight, Bouma, Agbonlahor, Barry, Reo-Coker, Young, Moore, Carew, Taylor, Davies, Petrov, Maloney, Gardner.

Player to watch: John Carew

Time for him to start leading the line and bringing home the goals, if he isn't too tired obviously! :o))

Everton Team News:

No idea and little interest in truth - you see the lengths of research I go for the Vital Villa reader?!

(from): Wessels, Hibbert, Stubbs, Lescott, Yobo, Baines, Valente, Pienaar, Arteta, Carsley, Neville, Osman, McFadden, Jagielka, Yakubu, Anichebe, Ruddy, Vidarsson.

Player to watch: Yakubu

Has a nasty knack of scoring and we don't want that do we!?

Match Facts & Stats

Two founding members head to head in the most played game.

Premiership head to heads: Villa 14 wins, Everton 7 wins, 9 Draws.
Head to heads at Villa Park: Villa 9 wins, Everton 1 win, 5 Draws.

Last season was a 1-1 draw (Gabby scored for Villa)
2 April 2007 - Ref: Howard Webb

I hate Everton, they broke my heart as a 7 year old at my first game coming from behind to beat us 2-1. Buggers!

Ref Watch:

Lee Probert

Match Prediction:

Match Prediction: Mystic Mug says 2-0 to Villa. Quite how he came up with that gawd knows but lets hope he is spot on! Mark Lawrenson predicts a 1-1 saying on the BBC site that both teams should finish in the top 8, adding - and putting pay to the fans 'he hates us' moaning! - 'I like the way Villa play. They are a side with plenty of pace provided by Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor, but against Manchester City last weekend John Carew and Luke Moore did not provide much of a cutting edge in attack.'

Next Fixtures:

Spurs away on Monday 1st October.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 21 2007

Time: 6:58PM

Your Comments

Predictions folks? 1-0 to Villa.
The Fear
a tough game.....depends which villa team turns up....if its the one against chelski then a home win....if its the one against man citeh then its a draw / defeat.......
imavillan
1-1
toffeetower
if carew scores i will go bloody mad (WITH JOY) he really does work hard for the team and it must be so annoying for him with all those refs given free kicks against him for nuthin. so as someone hu sits by me says go on BIG JOHN!!
villabikes29
I think Everton are definetly a team we should use as an example for ourselves. How long has Moyes been in charge? They have slowly progressed every year, they have structure and Moyes has bought who he wanted to to fit into HIS system and style. I really hope the boo boys don't come out at the end of the season if we don't get a UEFA spot, and start screaming for MONs head. Its gonna take time, but it will come good, as it looks like its doing at Everton.
PBAVFC
David Moyes has put together a decent team at Goodison. Hard working, difficult to beat, sound defensively, and capable of scoring goals. They'll be top six come seasons end, very little doubt about that. After building them up though, I'm now going to knock them down. A Villa victory, 3-1, with Big John netting twice.
glensider
Be very interesting to see the return of the balloons. Hopefully this will take off (pun intended), and become a fixture at Villa games, both home and away.
glensider
 

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