Everton are looking in good shape this season with three wins from four unbeaten league games, in addition to a League Cup victory over Huddersfield.
They’ve scored at least twice in all five of these appearances, but despite bringing in a defensively disciplined coach in Rafa Benitez over the summer, they’ve only produced a single clean sheet to date away at Brighton.
Aston Villa have been a mixed bag in the new campaign with a W2-D1-L2 record so far, though one of those victories came over League Two outfit Barrow and the other was at home to an underwhelming Newcastle.
A defeat and a draw to promoted sides Watford and Brentford respectively are hardly all that encouraging, while they were thoroughly outclassed last weekend as Chelsea romped to a 3-0 win.
Everton Draw No Bet
Dean Smith utilized a back three against the Blues in an attempt to neutralize their attacking threat, though will likely revert to the more usual back four of Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Matt Targett.
However, with just once clean sheet from four league appearances to date, Villa don’t appear capable of registering another here when considering Everton’s current levels of output.
Both Teams To Score
There is better news for Dean Smith elsewhere with Argentine duo Emi Martinez and Emiliano Buendia available again following a quarantine spell after international duty.
Meanwhile, Leon Bailey could be handed a first start of the season having joined from Leverkusen over the summer, and with established pair Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins involved, the hosts shouldn’t be short on firepower either.
Villa weren’t the only ones to raid Leverkusen with Everton bagging former Leicester winger Demarai Gray for under £2m.
It’s proven an excellent piece of business with the 25-year-old netting in each of their past three league games, and with Richarlison failing to score since the opening day of the season and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined through injury, represents one of the more likely scorers in this clash.
Benitez also looks set to be without Fabian Delph and James Rodriguez, though neither would likely have started if they were available in any case.
Stretching back to late November, the Toffees have a strong record on their travels, going W10-D5-L2 in the league, as the only two sides to beat them were Champions League winners Chelsea and Premier League winners Man City.
EVERTON DRAW NO BET
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
DEMARAI GRAY TO SCORE ANYTIME