Villa match preview

Everton entertain Aston Villa on Saturday in the most played game in English Football.

On paper, this one looks a forgone conclusion, but to state a cliché, there are no easy games in the Premier League, and those sides fighting for their Premier League lives are often the most difficult.

Everton won the reverse fixture with ease earlier in the season, the Blues going three goal ahead shortly before half time and finishing the match as 3-1 winners.

Darren Gibson is expected to return to the starting lineup, but we expect Victor Anichebe to retain his place in the attack ahead of Nikica Jelavic.

As we looked back over our archive footage, it soon became clear how poor Everton’s record is against Aston Villa. We struggled to remember too many victories for the Blues, but we have chosen this game from the 2002-03 season, in which Wayne Rooney scored late on to give Everton a 2-1 win over the midlanders.

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