English Premier League | Everton vs Aston Villa: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Richarlison in Everton training as Ferguson takes charge

Check out Richarlison in Everton training as Duncan Ferguson takes charge of the Toffees ahead of facing Aston Villa in January 2022.

Everton vs Aston Villa: Line-ups


Aston Villa

Villa to Extend Everton’s Misery


Duncan Ferguson prepares to oversee operations for the time being amid links with Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard and former teenage protege Wayne Rooney, but for now, the goal will simply be to improve a terrible tally of just one win from their last 13 in the Premier League.


Everton can forget about any sort of European charge this season, as Ferguson takes temporary charge with his side down in 16th in the table – six points clear of 18th-placed Norwich City with two games in hand – and relegation is simply unthinkable for the Toffees.


The hosts can also boast a measly one win from their last six Premier League encounters at Goodison Park, so the new manager bounce cannot come soon enough for Everton, as their upcoming opponents sure are enjoying life under their recent appointment.


Aston Villa playing out a Premier League draw is certainly a collector’s item – the Lions had not shared the points in a top-flight fixture since August before the visit of Man United – and Gerrard’s side now find themselves 13th in the standings ahead of the weekend. Villa’s draw with the Red Devils was quite the way to end their three-game losing streak across all tournaments, but five defeats from their last seven away from home in the Premier League is an alarming statistic, which the travelling fans will certainly hope to see rectified given their winter arrivals.


Everton fell to a humbling 3-0 defeat at Villa Park when the sides first met back in September and also suffered a 2-1 loss on home soil last term, but not since the 2000-01 season have Aston Villa secured a top-flight double over the Merseyside giants.

DPP Verdict

The re-introduction of ‘Big Dunc’ to the Everton dugout will undoubtedly go down better with the home crowd, but a reinvigorated Villa side will give the interim coach a baptism of fire on Saturday. Results have not always gone Gerrard’s way since his return to the Premier League, but we have confidence in the Lions’ ability to prolong Everton’s misery with another clinical display in front of goal.