Everton vs Aston Villa – Suspension and Injury worries…By Max O'Collins • Feb 14th, 2009 • Category: Match Previews |
Everton vs Aston Villa, Goodison Park, Kick off 14.30GMT, Live on Setanta sports 1.
No prizes for guessing whose had the tougher opponents of late, as well as guessing whose had a harder passage to the 5th round of the F.A cup.
Villa have had Doncaster and Gilingham, the former taking the Villans to a replay, and in the league they’ve had fixtures against the likes of Pompey, Sunderland and most recently Blackburn.
Everton on the other hand have had to beat Oldham (hear me out!) and Liverpool in an enthralling replay which ended up with adverts ruining most peoples view of the goal-i’ll tell ya what, someone sat behind one of the Gwladys Street poles got a better view than the armchair folk! On top of these two games against the reds the toffees have faced United Arsenal and the other lot again in the league. The only loss in the last set of fixtures has only come at the hands of a very dogged United side who are arguably running away with the championship.
Everton’s Mauroane Fellaini is set to miss the game after cracking a bone in his back.
Jo is cup-tied and so Moyes is hoping that Louis Saha can make a speedy recovery in order to at least warm the bench for some of sunday’s game.
Gareth Barry is suspended for Aston Villa so Steve Sidwell is likely to fill in as captain.
Defender Luke Young should be fit after being withdrawn from the England squad in midweek.
Everton : Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Yobo, Baines, Gosling, Arteta, Van der Meyde, Neville, Osman, Cahill, Rodwell, Fellaini, Saha, Nash, Castillo, Baxter, Jacobsen.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Guzan, Cuellar, Gardner, Davies, Knight, L. Young, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Milner, Petrov, Sidwell, A. Young, Osbourne, Salifou, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Carew, Delfouneso.
Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
to score first:
L Saha 6 – 1
T Cahill 13 – 2
V Anichebe 15 – 2
M Fellaini 8 – 1
J Baxter 10 – 1
M Arteta 11 – 1
L Osman 12 – 1
D Gosling 14 – 1
J Lescott 16 – 1
A Van Der Meyde 18 – 1
Optimist – 1-0 – Everton can get a win over villa, they haven’t for a good few seasons now and their good luck must run out sometime soon…
Pessimist – 1-1 – even though our defense has been immense recently, Aston Villa have pace that can damage the blues.