Aston Villa will be looking for a huge improvement on last season’s 14th-place finish in Steven Gerrard’s first full season in charge. The Midlands club were incredibly inconsistent in 2021/22 and suffered a couple of poor losing streaks in the second half of the campaign, placing a decent bit of pressure on Gerrard to perform.
The former Liverpool captain has been well-backed, signing the likes of Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara, but didn’t exactly inspire confidence with a 2-0 opening-day defeat away at newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Everton, meanwhile, narrowly avoided relegation last season, securing their Premier League status in their penultimate match by coming from behind to beat Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. It was some level of justification for the appointment of Frank Lampard, with some doubting his capabilities of managing in a relegation battle. The relegation-saving form was built off a good record at Goodison Park including wins over Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, the Toffees were unable to make history repeat itself on the opening day, going down 1-0 against Chelsea, although that was only thanks to a Jorginho penalty. Everton gave a good account of themselves, coming close to scoring a couple of times and coping well despite losing both Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina to injury. With new signings on the way, fans are starting to become a little more optimistic about their chances this season.
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Aston Villa vs Everton match stats
Aston Villa have dominated this fixture since returning to the Premier League in 2019, winning four and drawing two of their last six meetings. In fact, they haven’t even conceded a goal against the Toffees in their last three and did the double over Everton with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline last season.
Striker Danny Ings loves playing the blue half of Merseyside, scoring six goals in 14 appearances against Everton — no team has felt his wrath more.
Frank Lampard has faced Aston Villa six times as a manager, winning twice, drawing once and losing the other three meetings.
22 January 2022: Everton 0-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
18 September 2021: Aston Villa 3-0 Everton – Premier League
13 May 2021: Aston Villa 0-0 Everton – Premier League
01 May 2021: Everton 1-2 Aston Villa – Premier League
16 July 2020: Everton 1-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
This fixture has been played more than any other in English football history, with the two sides sharing a close record. Aston Villa just edge out Everton with 84 wins to 82 while there have been 60 draws.
As mentioned, Aston Villa have enjoyed recent supremacy, going unbeaten in their last six meetings with the Toffees, all coming following their 2019 promotion back to the Premier League.