Aston Villa vs Everton Aston Villa could be dominated by ex-players from all bunkers before at least one ball is hit in a meeting to host Everton on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have faced each other 34 times on the pitch, but it was their ability (or inability) to play together for England that dominated the increasingly unbearable dialogue about the duo.
Aston Villa and Everton have a history outside of their current coaches. The couple met on the fourth weekend of the football league’s opening season in England.
Aston Villa vs Everton Kick-Off Time
Competition: Aston Villa vs Everton
Location: Birmingham, England
Stadium: Villa Park
Kick-off Time: 12:30 BST
With just a week to go before Everton’s new campaign, he is already beset by fitness concerns. Ben Godfrey suffered a fractured fibula in the quarter-hour of the 1-0 loss to Chelsea after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s knee injury was revealed on the eve of the season.
Yerry Mina also had a problem with the blues and injured her ankle so badly that the club sent her to a specialist.
Andros Townsend is not expected to return until April, with midfielders Andre Gomes and Tom Davies closing in on the best of terms.
Aston Villa vs Everton Playing XI
Aston Villa predicted lineup: Pickford; Mykolenko, Holgate, Tarkowski, Conor Coady, Patterson; Demarai Gray, Doucoure, Alex Iwobi; McNeil, Gordon.
Everton predicted lineup: Martinez; Lucas Digne, Konsa/Tyrone Mings, Diego Carlos, Matty Cash; Kamara, John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey; Coutinho, Leon Bailey; Ollie Watkins/Ings.
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Ah, what a conclusion this weekend would be, as Steven Gerrard finally appears to start and run the Aston Villa season. The manager has come under fire for his comments about Tyrone Mings, and it has since been revealed that the center-back suffered a groin injury in a friendly against Fulham on July 29.
Aston Villa vs Everton Team News
Mings got in touch to play Bournemouth last weekend and opted to go with Gerrard, Ezri Konsa, and Diego Carlos. There will be no injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Everton this weekend as the pair face off against Cherry’s two big frontmen, Dominic Solanke and Kieffer Moore.
The Toffees were forced to play 21-year-old Anthony Gordon as a lone striker in last week’s loss to Chelsea, and it could be the same again at Villa Park this weekend.
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Alongside striker Calvert-Lewin, Frank Lampard will be without Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, Ben Godfrey, and Andros Townsend, while midfielder Tom Davies will face a late physical test. Still, Lampard was supported last week by the arrival of Conor Coady (loan) and Amadou Onana (£33m) from Wolves and Lille respectively.
As always, Emi Martinez will remain on target for the weekend, as well as supporting Matty Cash and Lucas Digne. A great light will be cast on the Villa defender when team news comes out on Saturday at 11:30 am.
There was a mass clamor for Mings to turn to the side to introduce some sort of order, but as stated, it wasn’t 100% appropriate last week. While Konsa and Calum Chambers think there will be a conflict, new signing Carlos is gearing up to make his home debut. Everton will be on their side with Gordon, Demarai Gray, and Dwight McNeil and that could encourage Gerrard to pick Konsa once again as he will challenge the defender to perform better than what we witnessed last week.