Aston Villa v Everton: Records suggest score draw on the cards
Aston Villa welcome Everton to the Midlands, with Paul Lambert’s team hoping to improve upon their opening-day defeat to West Ham.
However, history suggests that the Villa Park fixture will end in a stalemate, and both teams can be tipped to play out a score draw at 3/1.
In the last 11 league clashes between Villa and the Toffees, eight have ended with the points shared and another share of the spoils is priced at 23/10.
Remarkably, all eight of those draws saw both sides score, and you have to go back to 2003 to find the last time a Villa and Everton fixture ended goalless.
Twice in three years have games between the two clubs end 1-1 whilst four 2-2 scorelines have occured over the last five seasons.
This term a 1-1 draw is priced at 11/2, while a 2-2 goal-fest can be backed at 14/1.
3-3 can be found out at 66/1, but that was the final score between the two sides when Everton visited Villa Park during the 2008/09 campaign.
Villa can feel confident going into the game against David Moyes’ side, having not lost the last seven encounters in the Premier League tie as hosts.
The home side last beat Everton two years ago, enjoying an August 1-0 triumph. That scoreline can be backed this time at 7/1.
The division’s fifth and sixth-placed sides from the 2008-09 campaign clash after both being involved in 1-0 opening weekend games.
Whilst Everton stunned Manchester United with a Marouane Fellaini goal, West Ham undid Villa through a Kevin Nolan strike.
A repeat result for the two teams this time around ending 1-0 to the away side can be backed at 13/2.
With goals predicted, attention is likely to be focused on the strikers in Birmingham, and England forward Darren Bent is favourite to break the deadlock at 5/1.
Fellaini is 10/1 to open the scoring, as is Charles N’Zogbia, whilst Leon Osman is an intriguing 12/1 bet.
The 31-year-old is no stranger to scoring against Aston Villa, having fired five goals past claret and blue keepers during his Merseyside career.
Also, new Everton signing Kevin Miralles could make an impact on his debut, with a tempting 7/1 price as last goalscorer.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.