Everton are away! Just give us the three points now.
Indeed, a win at Villa Park will guarantee Everton the highest ever away points total in a single season in the club’s 143-year history. That’s absurd for a team that has won nine league titles but currently sits in eighth.
Anyway, how will Carlo line-up his potentially record-breaking Toffees?
Not too many changes ahead of this one. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and James Rodriguez remain out, with Yerry Mina joining his compatriot on the sidelines.
Mina is a big loss for this game though, given Aston Villa’s style of play which caused Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey a lot of problems in the reverse fixture just a couple of weeks ago.
Other than that, the Blues are at full strength and Abdoulaye Doucoure could make his first appearance after sitting on the bench at the weekend.
Tactics and Formation
Carlo will likely line up his Blues in a similar fashion to the weekend’s win over West Ham. After all, the Hammers and Villa aren’t too far apart in style of play and a back three should help mitigate Ollie Watkins’ threat.
That means we’ll likely see a 5-3-2 setup once again and aside from Holgate coming in for Yerry Mina, it will probably be the same team again.
Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)
Jordan Pickford – 10/10
Seamus Coleman – 9/10
Lucas Digne – 10/10
Mason Holgate – 9/10
Ben Godfrey – 10/10
Michael Keane – 9/10
Allan – 10/10
Tom Davies – 8/10
Davies put in a robust performance at the weekend and should start again unless Carlo wants to throw Doucoure into the mix.
Gylfi Sigurdsson 8/10
Richarlison – 10/10
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 10/10
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