Picking up their first three points of the new campaign courtesy of a 1-0 win over Watford last weekend, Everton have their sights set on European football as they make the trip to Villa Park on Friday.
Opting to spend big over the summer and break the £100million barrier, Marco Silva’s side have shown some real improvements, particularly defensively.
Now the only side who have recorded back-to-back clean sheets on the opening two weekends, the Toffees have also managed to record six clean sheets on the bounce across all competitions.
Not the only side who decided to spend big during the transfer window, despite bringing in a host of new faces to Villa Park over the summer, Dean Smith’s side are coming off the back of a pair of opening defeats against Tottenham and Bournemouth.
While Villa might be looking for their first top-flight victory since making their return, Friday’s hosts hold a very worrying record against the Blues and their wait for three points could be set to continue.
With Everton winning five of their previous six meetings against Smith’s side, you will be interested to know a similar result can be found at 23/20 with Bet365.
Aston Villa hit with a “harsh lesson”
Although the mood in the Midlands was certainly on a high after ending their three-year stint in Premier League exile, Villa’s 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth last weekend has seen them come crashing back down to earth.
Watching his side make a number of individual mistakes and throwing away two goals with the opening 12 minutes at Villa Park, Head Coach Dean Smith has described their return top-flight return as a “harsh lesson”.
With many comparing them to Fulham who also decided to spend big upon their return last season, Friday’s hosts now find themselves pencilled in at 7/4 with Ladbrokes to suffer an immediate drop back down to the Championship.
With Smith also calling for his side to show a more clinical edge in the final third after missing a string of chances against both Bournemouth and Spurs, fans around Villa Park will be calling on new arrival Wesley to open his goalscoring account.
Making the move from Belgian side Club Bruges for a brief club-record fee, the 22-year-old can be found at 23/10 with Ladbrokes to score his maiden Premier League goal on Friday.
Everton’s defence impress
While Aston Villa might be suffering a traumatic return to the top-flight, Everton have now taken points off of both Watford and Crystal Palace and the Blues have their sights firmly set on securing a European return.
Opting to spend big over the summer and bringing in the likes of Alex Iwobi and Andre Gomes on a permanent basis from Barcelona, the big-spending Toffees can now be found at 4/1 to crack the top six come May.
One new signing who could be likely be handed his full Premier League debut on Friday is Italian starlet Moise Kean.
Coming off the bench and making an immediate impact in Everton’s 1-0 win over Watford, the former Juventus striker can be found at 9/5 with Ladbrokes to open his top-flight account at Villa Park.
Sadly for Silva, it does appear that full-back Lucas Digne could be set to miss Friday’s trip.
Suffering a minor hamstring injury on Merseyside last weekend, the Frenchman could be replaced by a returning Leighton Baines who only begun training earlier in the week.