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Everton    v    Aston Villa

    Barclays Premier League
    Venue: Goodison Park Date: Saturday, 31 October 2009 Kick-off: 1500 GMT
    Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, full commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside 1485 AM and DAB, Final Score & highlights on Match of the Day

    TEAM NEWS

    Everton could be without 10 senior players for the match against Aston Villa but defender Leighton Baines is poised to return from a calf problem.

    Striker Louis Saha has a similar problem but will be given time to prove his fitness.

    Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel is expected to make his 200th successive Premier League appearance.

    Stephen Warnock has an ankle injury, so Nicky Shorey is on standby to replace him at left-back.


    Everton

    Suspended: None

    Doubtful: Bilyaletdinov (groin), Pienaar (knee), Saha (calf), Yobo (head)

    Injured: Anichebe, Arteta, Jagielka, Neville & Vaughan (all knee), Osman (foot)

    Aston Villa

    Suspended: None Doubtful: Warnock (ankle)

    Injured: Davies (shoulder), Downing (foot)

    MATCH PREVIEW

    Everton will be well rid of October. A run of five games without a win in three competitions, coupled with a debilitating injury list, has left them in dire need of a Goodison spark on Saturday.

    We have been without some of our best players certainly for half of last season and now the start of this...sooner or later it will take its toll in performances and some of the results"

    Everton manager David Moyes

    David Moyes' side can take solace from their last meeting at home to Villa, which they won 3-1 in the FA Cup on their way to the final. Everton were shorn of several key players that day too, and Moyes admitted he had thought it would be a game too far.

    That was the second of three pulsating games between these teams last season which reaped 15 goals. Villa clinched a 3-2 league win at Goodison in stoppage time 11 months ago, and then fought back from 3-1 down to earn a draw in the reverse fixture.

    Having already beaten Liverpool at Anfield this season, Villa are vying for a Mersey feat they last achieved 95 years ago. Not since 1914 have they won at Liverpool and Everton in the same top-flight season.

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • This is the most-played fixture in the English top flight. Villa have 71 wins to Everton's 70 from the previous 188 league meetings.

    • Villa are unbeaten in their last six league games against Everton (W3, D3). That includes a dramatic 3-2 win at Goodison last December, when Joleon Lescott scored a stoppage-time equaliser only for Ashley Young to net 30 seconds from time. However, Everton did knock Villa out of the FA Cup at Goodison in February.

    • Martin O'Neill has never lost a Premier League visit to Goodison Park, winning two and drawing five.

    606: DEBATE

    Everton

    • Everton have lost their last three games in all competitions and not won in five matches (D2, L3).

    • Their only win in seven league matches in October over the last two seasons was 1-0 at Bolton in 2008.

    • They are, however, unbeaten in six successive home matches in league and cup since the opening-day drubbing by Arsenal (W4, D2).

    • Louis Saha has scored half of the club's 12 league goals this season - the highest percentage by any player in the division.

    Aston Villa

    • Villa are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions, but have only won one of their last five games (W1, D3, L1).

    • Their tally of 17 points from nine games is the same return as last season.

    • John Carew has scored in each of his last three league matches against Everton. He has yet to score in the league this season.

    • Steven Sidwell is poised to make his 250th career league appearance.

    LEADING GOALSCORERS

    Louis Saha

    Everton

    Saha: 8 goals (6 league)

    Gabby Agbonlahor

    Aston Villa

    Agbonlahor: 6 goals (5 league)

    MATCH OFFICIALS

    Referee: Lee Probert

    Assistant referees: Andy Newbold & Mick McDonough

    Fourth official: Scott Mathieson

    LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS

    Everton (L2-3 v Bolton, a): Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga (Coleman 80), Distin, Neill, Gosling, Rodwell, Cahill, Jo, Saha, Fellaini. Subs not used: Nash, Duffy, Agard, Baxter, Wallace, Akpan.

    Aston Villa (D1-1 v Wolves, a): Friedel; Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Milner, Petrov, Sidwell, A Young, Carew (Heskey 71), Agbonlahor. Subs not used: Guzan, L Young, Delph, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Clark.

    MOST RECENT MEETING

    Aston Villa scorers: Carew 33, Milner 55, Barry 66 pen.

    Everton scorers: Fellaini 19, Cahill 23, Pienaar 53.



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