Everton VS Aston Villa Preview

What a week. The start of our turn around fixtures have been clouded with contract talks and an injury!

First and foremost, I believe that Vlaar is going and to be honest, it seems he always had his mind set on that but even more so, I don’t like the idea of a player demanding double their wage or they leave (I’m taking truth in this since it is being rumoured that united will pay 80k a week). On the bright side, if the murmurs prove fact we will pocket a neat £12 million. This will be covered in a later post.

Secondly, Delph is out and the rumoured time frame is anywhere from 1 month to 3 months; there are positives and negatives in this. I believe the injury makes it more likely that he will sign a new contract with us and if that is the case, what is 3 months to 3 years? That is just my opinion though. The other positive is that we get to see other players attempt to step up and make their mark on the squad (stranger things have happened). But overall, this is a complete blow to the team as Delph offered a lot of stability, confidence and urgency on the ball. It is a big loss, but we need to take the positives where available.

Lastly, the silver lining. Grealish signed and is committed to us for the foreseeable future.

NOW TO THE PREVIEW

STANDING TEAM GP W D L GD P
10 Aston Villa 7 3 1 3 -5 10
17 Everton 7 1 3 3 -3 6

Every fan and his dog has their eye on this game being the one that proves if our team has progressed or not, so there is already a lot of pressure going into this and Lambert knows it. This week he has stated that the return of Benteke will enable the attacking prowess of Cleverly. We are also seeing the return of Gabby this week, which will give us that much needed pace and pressure on the ball up front. I actually think we will see Grealish start the game alongside Westwood, Cleverly and N’Zogbia with Weimann on the bench. Between the 4 of these, we should show a lot of control on the ball and a good threat going forward with the like of Benteke and Gabby ready to receive.
Our defence is once again riddled with injuries with both our main CB’s out. This begs the question of who will start with Baker? Clark or Okore? And the more important question is whether Baker will be able to uphold his good form with the absence of the elders guiding him?

Of course this game isn’t going to be an easy 90 minutes as Everton are in need of a turn around season themselves and we have a track record of being the providing team for such feats. Martinez will be relishing the potential appearance of Ross Barkley today. This is countered by the news that Stones is out for 3 months leaving them weaker at the back.
Everton are also struggling up front with Lukaku suffering with fitness this season, but this isn’t going to stop Martinez from playing him and risking a poor performance and another player injured.

As things stand, we are 3 points from 3rd place, so the table is still close and it’s not too optimistic to think we could be up there by the end of this weekend. Having said that, I think this will be a very exciting game with Everton trying to lift themselves from the bottom of the table and us trying to recapture the momentum we started the season with. Both teams have returning players from injuries and both teams have lost key players to injuries. If there was ever a fitting match, then this may be the one.

My predication is a 1-2 Villa. But this could easily go the other way if Everton get the first goal.

82 Comments

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  1. jvillan October 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm . Reply

    no way any one can defend lambert now and what does keane actually bring to the club

  2. GIDDYVILLAN October 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm . Reply

    Conceded 11 now on the bounce with fuckall reply fucking shameful.

  3. jvillan October 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm . Reply

    what is tom fox doing

  4. GIDDYVILLAN October 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm . Reply

    We might beat Sunderland?????? 😀

    1. Andrew October 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm . Reply

      Not with Lambert in charge.

      1. GIDDYVILLAN October 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm . Reply

        LOL we’re lacking something ANDREW could be a manager mate.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm . Reply

          time to give lamberk and the bearded book promotor a new extended contract for ten more years!! wouldnt surprise mre

        2. Andrew October 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm . Reply

          It is a manager. His tactics doesn’t change from City to Hull. They’re all the same and they’re awful. He has to go.

  5. avfc123 October 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm . Reply

    4 year deal for Lambert, you have to laugh. Can anyone think of a worse decision maker than Lerner?

  6. GIDDYVILLAN October 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm . Reply

    One thing supporting the VILLA does is cause liver damage.

  7. #HELENIUS October 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm . Reply

    I don’t think he should be sacked, but shouldn’t have had the new contract either

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm . Reply

      He won’t be sacked esp after just signing new contract wud cost Lerner millions of he sacked him

  8. Bencey83 October 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm . Reply

    39% possession, 2 shots on target. That’s an improvement for us. I’d be happy to see another manager with fresh ideas come in now, please.

  9. Bill Pearson October 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm . Reply

    You got that the wrong way round Helenius, get sack and sign a contract to stay away.your not saying he should still be at Villa? are you, best thing for Villa now is to get him out he cannot manage a football team that’s obvious to all by now.

  10. cb October 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm . Reply

    We all new this was going to be another very hard season we will just stay up again probably 4th or 5th from bottom. Still get sky money terrible entertainment and no one really cares thats modern football.

    1. Lambert's laughing at us October 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm . Reply

      What a ridiculous thing to say.
      Its supporters like you that have helped to make this club what it is today-SHIT.

      1. #HELENIUS October 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm . Reply

        Supporters make them play shit? Hmmmm, best you lay off the booze

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm . Reply

      Yep that’s it no one gives a toss except fans and most of us have gone past caring. I’m one of them

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