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Aston Villa vs Everton betting tips: Carabao Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

Aston Villa vs Everton odds and betting statistics



Aston Villa vs Everton match preview

Who will come through this all-Premier League affair and book their place in the fourth round?

Hosts Aston Villa come into this clash as firm favourites to advance, not least because they demolished Everton 4-0 a mere 38 days ago.

More recently, on Sunday in fact, the Claret and Blue Army had a famous victory to celebrate, with Ollie Watkins’ goal downing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

So, having won four and lost two thus far, Unai Emery’s team are sixth in the table, targeting a second successive season of European qualification.

Everton’s aspirations are significantly lower, simply striving to stay in the division, having picked up their first victory of the campaign on Saturday.

Abdoulaye Doucouré, James Tarkowski and then Dominic Calvert-Lewin all scoring in a surprise 3-1 away victory at the Brentford Community Stadium.

In the League Cup, the Blues almost crashed out in the second round, going a goal down in Doncaster, only for Beto and Arnaut Danjuma to strike in the second half, thereby sparing their blushes.

Coming into this one, Aston Villa are unbeaten in nine meetings with Everton, winning each of the last five, the longest winning streak either side has enjoyed since a sequence of five Blues’ victories from 1963-1965.

This is the most-played fixture in English football history, with this set to be their 230th clash, but never before has one side enjoyed six straight wins over the other.

This fact seems likely to change at Villa Park, given that the home side are likely to get through.

Aston Villa team news

Unai Emery rotated his team for last Thursday’s 3-2 defeat to Legia Warszawa and, given that scoreline, he may be hesitant to do the same again.

Robin Olsen is set to get the nod in goal, while Calum Chambers, Clément Lenglet, Youri Tielemans and Jhon Durán were all given starts in the Polish capital.

Jacob Ramsey could start this time, as he’s now back after injury, while Durán bagged his first-ever Aston Villa goal when Everton visited last month, also netting against Hibs, Crystal Palace and Legia subsequently.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Olsen; Chambers, Konsa, Lenglet, Moreno; Dendoncker, Tielemans, Ramsey; Bailey, Zaniolo, Durán.

Everton team news

SĂ©amus Coleman, Dele and Jack Harrison are all still sidelined, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back, marking his return with a goal at Brentford on Saturday.

However, with their talismanic centre-forward likely to be saved for Luton on Saturday, Beto will lead the line, hoping to make it two goals in two Carabao Cup appearances.

Ashley Young could face the team he left in the summer; this would be his 31st League Cup appearance, 20 years on from his debut, including representing Villa when they most-recently reached the final in 2010.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Young; Doucouré, Onana, Gana Gueye, Garner, Danjuma; Beto.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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