Everton vs Aston Villa Prediction: Premier League Match on 22.01.2022
It has been a busy week at Goodison Park, and they will be looking to put all the unrest off the pitch behind them with a strong effort against Aston Villa. The visitors will also be looking for a first win in three to climb into the top half of the standings.
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Rafael Benitez’s short stay as Everton manager came to an end earlier in the week, as he was fired following defeat against Norwich City. That loss leaves the Toffees just six points above the drop zone, having won just once in their previous 13.
It could be a nervous end to the season for Everton if the next appointment at the club isn’t the right one, as a couple of wins for the sides below them in the standings would drag them straight into a battle for survival this season.
Everton were extremely poor last weekend against Norwich City, as they conceded twice in the opening 20 minutes. Richarlison did pull one back in the second period, but it never looked likely that they would get back into the game.
Aston Villa’s European hopes have been dealt a blow over recent weeks, as they are out of form over their last five fixtures. They come into this Merseyside return for Steven Gerrard in 13th place in the league standings, and are winless in their last three league fixtures.
However, a win this weekend would lift the Midlands club up into the top half of the standings, and confidence would have been taken from their comeback draw against Manchester United last weekend.
Jacob Ramsey pulled one goal back for the Villa after 77 minutes, before Philippe Coutinho scored on his Villa debut to save a point for the home side with just nine minutes to go.
Everton vs Aston Villa Head to Head
Everton were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in this fixture last season, but they haven’t lost back-to-back home games against their rivals this weekend since 1998. Villa won the previous fixture between the sides this season 3-0, and will be looking for a first league double over the Toffees since the 2000-01 season.
Everton vs Aston Villa Prediction
Villa have an excellent recent history in fixtures against Everton. Given the improved performance that they put in against United last weekend, and the poor run of form that Everton have been on, we would suggest that the travelling side look the best bet to take the points.
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