Sweet Caroline rings out around an empty Goodison…there is work to be done at Everton over the summer.
How many of today’s squad do we think Carlo would ship out if he could? He seem intent on a rigid 4-4-2.
With 54 points from their opening 35 games this season, only four newly promoted sides have won more points than Sheffield United at this stage of Premier League campaign, with Ipswich in 2000-01 the last to do so (62 points).
Leicester badly need a win to boost their hopes of a top-four finish, especially now they know fifth place won’t get them into next season’s Champions League after Manchester City’s European ban was overturned.
I don’t see them getting three points here, though. It doesn’t seem to matter who or where Sheffield United play at the moment because, defensively, they are so well set up.
Aston Villa have faced 582 shots in the Premier League this season, 49 more than any other side. However, since restart the Villans are facing 10.7 shots per game in the Premier League, compared to 18.1 before the enforced break this season.
Aston Villa’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday was massive for them after Watford and West Ham both won on the previous day.
This is another big game for Villa, but I don’t see it ending so well. I know they beat Palace 2-0 but they don’t seem to create many chances at all from open play, which has to be a real worry for them.
The way they played against Wolves, Everton looked as though they were on the beach already, but Carlo Ancelotti tore into them afterwards and it feels as if we will see a reaction here.
I think quite a few people in this Everton team will be elsewhere next season, though. I think Ancelotti has already made his mind up about a number of his players, and decided whether they are what he wants or not.
Brendan Rodgers hands a first-team debut to 19-year-old left-back Luke Thomas asLeicester Citymake four changes to the side beaten 4-1 at Bournemouth.
Wes Morgan, Ryan Bennett and Harvey Barnes also come into the side for Caglar Soyuncu, who was sent off on the south coast, Kelechi Iheanacho, Christian Fuchs and Marc Albrighton.
Academy graduate Thomas, an England Under-19 international, has featured in the EFL Trophy this season and made 15 appearances for Leicester’s Under-23 side in the Premier League 2.
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Chris Wilder sticks with the sameSheffield Unitedside that beat Chelsea 3-0 last time out.
Evertonboss Carlo Ancelotti labelled the spirit of his side during the 3-0 defeat at Wolves on Sunday as “unacceptable” and the Italian has responded by making five changes.
One of them is enforced as Yerry Mina has a muscle injury, while Mason Holgate, Alex Iwobi, Bernard, Andre Gomes and Seamus Coleman all return.
Everton XI:Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Iwobi,
Davies, Gomes, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Substitutes:Baines, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Sidibe, Stekelenburg, Kean,
Virginia, Branthwaite, Gordon.
Just the one change forAston Villafrom the side that beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to keep alive hopes of avoiding relegation.
With Neil Taylor ruled out with a hamstring injury, Matt Targett returns to defence.
Aston Villa XI:Reina, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Samatta, Grealish.
Substitutes:Lansbury, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Jota, Guilbert, Nyland, Vassilev,
Speaking of team news Sarah…
- SMS Message: Absolutely scared for today’s game, nail biting. I hope Smith keeps the same team he did for Palace, it’s a must win game. Is this the great escape from Villa? from Sarah Cassin, Sutton Coldfield
Absolutely scared for today’s game, nail biting. I hope Smith keeps the same team he did for Palace, it’s a must win game. Is this the great escape from Villa?SMS Message: Leicester will find it hard to break down The Blades’ stubborn defence. Rodgers’ tactics, players missing through injury, suspension and lack of confidence within squad point me to a draw today. Hope I’m wrong! from Jon, Peterborough
Leicester will find it hard to break down The Blades’ stubborn defence. Rodgers’ tactics, players missing through injury, suspension and lack of confidence within squad point me to a draw today. Hope I’m wrong!
Speaking of Chris Wilder interviews, if you haven’t seen this, see this.
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Everton vs Aston Villa is the most played fixture in English top-flight history, with the Villans winning 74 of the 203 previous meetings to Everton’s 76 (53 draws).
Got a sweat on because of your side’s predicament at either end of the table?
Or just fed up now of a midtable mediocrity of a year and can’t wait for it all to be over?
Have your say…
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And it’s a similar tale for Leicester, woefully out of form and falling down the table fast. Southampton helped them out the other night but if they want a top-four spot they need to pull their fingers out.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, can also smell the lure of European football…
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Villa must win tonight, it’s as simple as that. That incredible second-half from Bournemouth the other night kep them alive and a win for the Villa would lift them to within sight of safety.
I don’t know what regime Carlo Ancelotti has been following during lockdown but he looks fantastic. He’s out in the middle having a good chat with former player John Terry.
And Dean Smith, of course. But he’s a bit of a third wheel.
There’ll be no European football at Goodison next season so they’ve gone for a World Cup feel instead.
Four more games in the Premier League, one side desperate to stay up and a few sniffing a European place…
Everton v Aston Villa (18:00 BST)
Leicester v Sheffield United (18:00 BST)
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (20:15 BST)
Southampton v Brighton (20:15 BST)
Football, football, football…
It’s Premier League action again, for the 26th day out of the last 29. I think we’ve reached a limit now.
Anyone want more? It’s like going up for a third round at a carvery even though you already feel sick.
There’s a big night on the cards for at least one team at the bottom though so save room for at least another Yorkshire…