Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Aston Villa will look to recover from a massive 5-1 defeat to Newcastle United when they face Everton in their first home game of the season. The Villans have a nice chance to record their first win of the process and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s encounter. Towering defender Tyrone Mings limped off with injury in the season opener, with summer signing Pau Torres likely to step up. Since Villa’s injury list is pretty long, home win should not be considered.
The Toffees, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Fulham. Everton are not regarded as good travellers, but seeing that they are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s clash, we believe that there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals. All Seamus Coleman, Dele Alli, and Dwight McNeil are sidelined with injuries, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Danny Ings):
Danny Ings is an English professional footballer who plays as a center-forward for Southampton in the Premier League. The Winchester born started his youth career with AFC Bournemouth's Center of Excellence in 2008 and signed his first professional contract with the club a year after. He made his professional debut on the 6th of October, 2009, in a Football League Trophy match against Northampton Town.
In September 2010, Ings was sent out on an initial one-month loan to Conference club Dorchester for whom he scored his debut goal, coming in a 2-1 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United on the 11th of September. Following an additional month's extension, the striker returned to Bournemouth in November, who sold him to Burnley in 2011. Ings' four-year-long Burnley stint saw him make 140 appearances and score 43 goals for the club. It also earned him a high profile move to Liverpool, whom he joined at the start of the 15/16 season.
Contrary to his time at Burnley, Ings' Liverpool tenure was forgettable. Restrictions on playing time due to injuries lead to him falling down the pecking order. At the beginning of his fourth season with the club, The Reds offloaded him to current club Southampton, initially on a season-long, which then cultivated into a permanent deal the following season. On the international stage, the 27-year-old has capped for England's under-21 and the senior team, making his debut for the latter in a 3-0 European qualifier match against Lithuania on the 12th of October, 2015.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four campaigns.
The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987.
The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955.
In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.