For Aston Villa, Jack Grealish remains sidelined with whatever it is that’s kept him out since 13 February, while Morgan Sanson and Trezeguet are also out. Matty Cash sat out last Sunday night’s draw against West Brom, his suspension allowing him to stay home and watch Line of Duty instead. He could start tonight instead of Ahmed Elmohamady.
Keinan Davis came off the bench to score his long overdue maiden Premier League goal against West Brom, a strike that could earn him a start tonight at the expense of Anwar El Ghazi or Bertrand Traore. Should Davis start, Ollie Watkins could move out wide.
Everton are without Abdoulaye Doucoure and the luckless Jean-Philippe Gbamin, while Michael Keane may need to undergho a fitness test after missing Eveerton’s win over Arsenal with a hamstring injury. Josh King is believed to have recovered from a back injury.
Premier League: Everton v Aston Villa
Goodison Park is the venue for a game that is crucial for a preposterously inconsistent Everton sides chances of qualifying for Europe next season. Carlo Ancelotti’s side could still conceivably qualify for the Champions League, but a place in the Europa League seems more attainable. A win today would take them level on points with West Ham, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played the same number of games.
Comfortably ensconced in mid-table and struggling in the absence of Jack Grealish, Aston Villa constitute the kind of opposition Ancelotti would have handpicked, given the choice but Everton being Everton, the kindness of the fixture generator is no guarantee of success. Dean Smith has masterminded just one win in Villa’s past eight games but will see tonight as an opportunity to get his team back to winning ways – one suspects the first goal tonight could be crucial. Kick-off at Goodison Park is at 8pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.