Everton are off to a decent start in the 2019-20 Premier League and are yet to concede a goal. The Blues have never kept three consecutive clean sheets to start a season so that record will be up for grabs in a few hours at Villa Park as newly promoted Aston Villa look to get their first point(s) of the season after two straight losses.
Fabian Delph is the only player still out for Marco Silva’s side and will miss a return to his old stomping grounds, and the manager will have to make some decisions on whether he wants to stick with the same XI as last weekend or change some things around with Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi waiting to get their first starts.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 3
Date and start time: Friday, August 23rd at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m ET / 8:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Villa Park, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 73°F/23°C, partly cloudy, 1% chance of precipitation, 10 kmh winds
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Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Gomes, Schneiderlin; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Walcott, Holgate, Sidibe, Iwobi, Davies, Kean
Starting XI: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor; Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Grealish; Jota, Wesley, Trezeguet
Subs: Steer, Lansbury, Hourihane, Konsa, El Ghazi, Elmohamady, Davis
It’s been a few years since Dean Smith’s side was last in the Premier League, with the Blues romping to a 3-1 win (Funes Mori, Lennon, Lukaku) in early 2016 as Villa plummeted towards relegation. In the home leg of that fixture previously, the Roberto Martinez had won 4-0 (Barkley x2, Lukaku x2) in November 2015, with none of those players still in the Blues squad.
Everton did like what they saw in those games of one Idrissa Gueye, and went on to sign the combative midfielder that summer after Villa went into the Championship.