Roberto Martinez takes his Everton men to Villa Park hoping to get the win that could launch his side into the European places, should results go their way.
The Toffees are given a 15/13 chance of securing an away win while Paul Lambert’s Villa and the draw are both rated at 23/10.
However, given both sides’ propensity for conceding goals, the best bet for the game is easily the 4/6 available on both teams finding the net. Here’s why:
Villa are clean sheet-less in 15 home league games
Away fans can fully expect to celebrate when they travel to watch their team play Villa.
The last 15 sets of supporters who’ve taken their seats in the away end for Premier League matches have all seen their side score at least once. The only team to fail to find the net there in any competition this season was League One’s Rotherham in the Capital One Cup.
In fact, only Crystal Palace, Swansea and Sunderland have conceded more goals at home in the Premier League than Lambert’s leakers.
Seven of Everton’s 10 goals-against this season have come on the road
Roberto Martinez certainly did not get the Everton job on the back of his cast-iron defensive credentials and he’s continued to prove himself to be of the “we’ll score one more than you” school of thinking at Everton.
That’s not been more apparent than on the road, where Phil Jagielka and his fellow guards have shipped seven goals in four games.
Both teams have scored in five consecutive meetings between the pair
There have been goals at both ends in seven of Everton’s ten games in all competitions this season and these two have a history of scoring against each other, having played out five consecutive tussles with both teams bagging.
In fact there has only been one match between the two in the last 12 in all competitions that has failed to see a goal scored for both sides.