Everton hosts Aston Villa in round 36 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, July 16th at Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Having tied with Southampton in the penultimate round, Everton lost all chances of a place in the Europa League and lost to Wolverhampton in the last round without any resistance. At the same time, the Toffees have a 13-point margin from the trio of outsiders. In the last four matches, the Liverpool club did not leave the field without a goal conceded. In general, its defense couldn’t boast of reliability throughout the whole championship - 52 goals conceded. Only six clubs in the league conceded more. These are the last five teams in the standings and Southampton. Everton is still in 11th place.
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In the last round, Aston Villa finally interrupted its winless streak of 10 matches (eight defeats) by defeating Crystal Palace. This victory still leaves some chances to maintain a place in the league. Now the Lions are penultimate in the standings, but only four points separate them from the 17th saving line for three rounds before the finish of the championship. Given that Watford, which is ranked 17th, has to play with West Ham, which has the same points as the Hornets, it will also fight with full dedication. One of the competitors will lose points (or maybe both), and then Aston Villa will have to play with Arsenal in London and take Manchester City on visitors. If the Lions manage to play successfully in the remaining matches, they will have a chance to save themselves.
Aston Villa managed to score 38 goals in the championship. And the Lions need to score in the upcoming match if they want to earn three points and continue the struggle for survival. We will see whether the visitors manage to score these points. Everton is not motivated by anything and it just has to formally end the championship. The absence of spectators in the stands also does not inspire full dedication. I have already mentioned about Everton’s defense above. The Toffees managed not to concede in only eight of 35 matches. They also conceded twice in Birmingham. Surely, Everton will concede a goal at home. Aston Villa has nowhere to retreat, and it knows how to score Everton. The Lions scored in 15 of the last 18 head-to-head meetings, and this trend will probably continue.
Prediction for the match: Aston Villa to score over 0.5 goals