BBC pundit Chris Sutton has now made his prediction ahead of Sunday’s game as Everton travel to Aston Villa.
Both sides will be looking to bounce back from opening day disappointments last week and get their first points of the season on the board.
Indeed, it could be a tricky away tie for the Toffees, but pundit Chris Sutton has stated that he doesn’t ‘think’ it will be straightforward for Aston Villa either.
However, writing in his weekly column for BBC Sport, Sutton predicts a 2-0 win for the home side, stating: “A lot of people got very excited about Aston Villa this season after what we saw from them following Unai Emery’s arrival.
Everton have bigger problems, however. In many ways, it is the same old story in that they played well against Fulham but could not take their chances and ended up losing.
Nothing has changed, because so much depends on whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin is fit to lead the Toffees’ attack in this game. If he is, Everton have got a chance.
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I don’t think this will be straightforward for Villa by any means, but the fact that Everton can’t score obviously helps them a lot”
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Unai Emery’s side have recently suffered injuries to key players Emi Buendia and Tyrone Mings, while Everton will likely be without Dwight McNeil and Jack Harrison, who recently completed a loan move.
If Dominic Calvert-Lewin is available, then it will be an enormous boost for the Toffees, with the behind closed doors fixture against Manchester United earlier this week having provided the England international with precious minutes on the pitch.