Aston Villa welcome top-flight Everton in the Premier League’s late kick-off on Saturday.
Everton have been superb so far this season and are heading into this weekend’s top-level fixtures with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
The Toffees beat Burnley 3-1 on Monday night and are unbeaten so far this season.
Villa, meanwhile, took four points in their first four games and lost to Chelsea the last time around.
This match ended in a goalless draw last season.
Aston Villa vs. Everton: talkSPORT commentary
The Premier League clash will take place on Saturday 18 September and start at 5.30pm.
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Aston Villa vs Everton: team news
Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia are set to return for Aston Villa after quarantine following their international duty.
Carney Chukwuemeka, Trezegue and Keinan Davis are absent but Ollie Watkins is ready to start.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be sidelined from Everton due to a muscle injury.
Fabian Delph stays on the sidelines while James Rodriguez is unlikely to feature.
Salomon Rondon is pushing for his start in the league for the Toffees.
Aston Villa vs Everton: match statistics
- Aston Villa are unbeaten in four league games against Everton, with two wins and two draws. They had won only two of their previous 15 Premier League meetings with the Toffees (D7 L6).
- Everton have won three of their last six away league games against Aston Villa (D1 L2), as many as they had on their previous 29 visits to Villa Park (W3 D12 L14).
- Aston Villa are undefeated in their last four home games in the Premier League (2 V, 2 losses), the last one going longer unbeaten at Villa Park in the January 2015 competition under the leadership of Paul Lambert (5 matches).
- After a streak that allowed them to keep 10 white cages in 17 Premier League games (14 goals conceded), Aston Villa have recorded only two shutouts in their last 16 games of the competition (26 goals conceded). However, those two clean sheets came in home games, including one against Everton in May.
- Everton have lost just two of their last 17 away Premier League games (10V, 5 losses), with those losses coming to Chelsea and Manchester City last season. The Toffees have recorded seven clean sheets in their last 10 away league games, as many as in their previous 33 on the road.
- Everton are undefeated so far this season, taking three wins and one draw from their four games. The Toffees were unbeaten in their first five league games last season, but have never done so in consecutive campaigns in their league history.
- Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has scored five Premier League goals against Everton – against no team he has scored more in the competition. The Toffees are the only club Ings has scored against for his three previous top clubs (Burnley, Liverpool and Southampton).
- Everton coach Rafael Benítez has lost just one of his 17 games against Aston Villa in all competitions (10 v., 6 n.), While the Spaniard has never lost to them. at Villa Park (4 v., 5 n.).
- Andros Townsend has been involved in three goals in his four Premier League games for Everton this season (1 goal, 2 assists), as many as he had in his previous 31 for Crystal Palace in the competition (3 assists) decisive).
- Abdoulaye Doucouré has been involved in four goals in his four Premier League games with Everton this season (1 goal, 3 assists), one less than he managed in 29 appearances last season (2 goals, 3 assists).