Everton will look to maintain their challenge for Champions League qualification when they host Aston Villa on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
After a priceless first away win at Arsenal since 1996, the Toffees are now just six points adrift of Chelsea in fourth with a game in hand on those around them. Carlo Ancelotti’s men could move as high as fifth by the end of the week, but must improve on a rotten home record of just five wins from 16 home games.
Aston Villa travel to Merseyside off the back of a 2-2 draw with West Brom, coming from 2-1 down to salvage a 92nd-minute draw, breaking the hearts of their relegation-threatened Midlands rivals in the process. Dean Smith’s men head into the weekend 11th in the table but can still realistically finish as high as ninth — a remarkable achievement given their struggle to stay up last season.
Read on for live stream information and key players ahead of this Premier League tie.
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Ancelotti calls for more consistency from “fantastic” Richarlison
Though it was listed as a Bernd Leno own goal, Richarlison was the hero and orchestrator for Everton’s winner against Arsenal last time out. The Brazil international glided past stand-in left-back Granit Xhaka and powered into the Arsenal penalty area before firing a cross into the six-yard box and ultimately seeing the ball squirm between Leno’s legs and into the net.
Richarlison earned his luck that night, completing four dribbles — at least two more than any other player on the pitch — and leading from the front with four tackles and a match-high four interceptions.
But the fact remains that the 23-year-old hasn’t been at his best this season, scoring just six goals in 28 Premier League appearances, going without a goal in his last seven games across all competitions, and all too often turning in tepid and anonymous performances.
Speaking at his press conference before the visit of Aston Villa, Ancelotti called upon Richarlison to show more consistency, both at the end of this season and heading into the 2021/22 campaign.
“Not so consistent for the quality he has,” the Italian tactician responded when asked to assess Richarlison’s campaign. “It is acceptable that he has not been at his best. He had problems at the beginning of the season. He started well but was then suspended, travelling with the national team and then was out for personal reasons.
“From a physical viewpoint he was not always at the top, and this affected his technical performances. He had a good spell when Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] was out but he can do much better next season for sure, and I hope he can do better at the end of this season as well.
“He is a young player with a strong motivation because he wants to play for us, for the national team, and he wants to play in the Olympic Games. But we must not lose sight of the fact he is still a young player.
“When I say he can do better, it is not because he lost confidence or is not good enough. He is a fantastic striker, a top player, and he has had a normal season. But for the quality he has, he can do much better.”
Everton’s top scorer this season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, is responsible for 32% (14) of Everton’s 44 Premier League goals so far this term, with only Mohamed Salah (36%), Hary Kane (38%) and David McGoldrick (39%) shouldering a larger goalscoring burden for their team.
But the England international has netted just three goals in his last 18 Premier League outings and needs help with both service and sharing the goalscoring load if Everton are to be serious contenders for European football and trophies moving forward. After notching back-to-back totals of 13 Premier League goals in his first two seasons at Everton, Richarlison is the man best placed to provide that assistance.
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