Matchday Three of the Premier League gets underway on Friday afternoon from the famous Villa Park in Birmingham.
Aston Villa were newly promoted to the league this year, but a mediocre first two matches already has their loyal fans in a frenzy. Villa were expected to be one of the sides that was well-acclimated to a jump-up in competition, but after a tough loss at home last week to Bournemouth, it seems they’ll have a tougher go of things than first thought. Although it has been just two fixtures, all of those new signings haven’t positively affected change as many pundits thought.
It will not get any easier this week as they welcome Everton for their third fixture of the season. The Toffees are coming off a big home win last week, one in which they were completely in control. Their play off the ball has long been stellar under Marco Silva, and if their high-profile acquisitions translate into goal-scoring, Everton could be the side to crack into the top-six.
This match-up should provide plenty of intrigue and some desperation from a Villa side with zero points. Many pegged them to be one of the newly promoted sides that has some success, but their start hasn’t inspired confidence. Read on below the odds for a tactical breakdown, and betting prediction to keep the wins rolling in from Matchday Three.
Aston Villa vs. Everton Betting Odds:
Aston Villa (+205)
Over 2.5 (-120)
Under 2.5 (+100)
Aston Villa vs. Everton Pick:
Much like their game in week two against Bournemouth, expect the Villans to be the aggressors from kick-off. They will surely be targeting securing their first win in the Premier League, and recognize that they need to be in better form at home. With their wealth of attacking talent, look for Aston Villa to really have a go, especially early in the match.
Everton however have solidified their back-line and are in fact the only team that has yet to concede a goal this season. They’ve now secured ten clean sheets from their last 13 fixtures, and it’s clear that Marco Silva has coached this team on how to defend. Expect the Toffees to be able to withstand the noise, momentum, and offensive onslaught Aston Villa delivers in the early stages of the match, before countering with chances of their own.
Everton have a wealth of skill up front and don’t be surprised to see new acquisitions Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi finally earn starts after previous bench stints. That duo paired with the dangerous Richarlison should be able to muster a goal as the Toffees look to be more assertive in the attacking third of the pitch.
Ultimately, look for Villa to come out firing. They will score early, control much of the ball and overall possession – but for Everton to storm back with a goal of their own. Both teams to score is an intriguing market, but given the well-balanced nature of both sides and the fact that Villa should be quite desperate to secure a point, a 1-1 draw seems to be great value in this contest.