Aston Villa will face an uphill battle to avoid relegation this year and their home match against Everton will be a prime example of the quality of teams which are competing in the EPL.
Dean Smith’s side achieved promotion via the Championship playoffs, meaning that even in the Championship they had to fight hard for their promotion. Now that they are in the EPL that fight will become even harder.
Lack of Transfer Strategy
The fact that Villa came to the EPL via the playoffs signalled that their team lacks the quality to compete at the highest level. This was evident to Dean Smith as well and he made no less than 12 signings this summer. These also include players such as Tyron Mings who were on loan at Villa last year, but that is still a large number of new players.
This apparent lack of transfer strategy has arguably cost Villa some points in the first two matches as, although they played well for periods of time, the lack of cohesion was there for all to see. Individual and team mistakes stemming from this lack of cohesion mean that Smith’s team enter this match with zero points.
Everton are in a Different League
Everton, on the other hand, have kept a total of 12 clean sheets in the calendar 2019 and haven’t conceded a goal in their initial two matches of the season. This shouldn’t surprise anyone as Marco da Silva’s side have one of the best defensive fours in the league.
In addition to defensive solidity, Everton also have lots of quality attacking players who have tons of goals in them. Bernard may be the only player to have scored this season, but players such as Richarlison , Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi will start notching in goals soon enough.
Everton to Win
All in all, Everton should win this match quite easily. Backing Everton to win comes with enticing odds of 23/20. This can be combined with backing Everton to win and keep a clean sheet which comes with even better odds of 3/1. Finally, if you are in a riskier mood, you can go for the correct score of the match and back the match to finish 0:2 in Everton’s favour at odds of 12/1.