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Aston Villa vs. Everton: Open match thread and lineups

Villa look to bounce back from a frustrating loss to Tottenham against a good-but beatable-Everton side.

Clive Brunskill

It really doesn't seem like it was that long ago that Aston Villa stunned Manchester City, but it was in fact nearly a month ago. Villa's only winless in their last two, but any time they go this long without three points people start to get antsy. Everton's not going to be an easy opponent by any stretch, but they're beatable if Villa manage to keep them contained on the defensive side of things and isn't wasteful at the other end of the pitch.

This game is also notable in that it features three of Belgium's brightest young stars in Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Christian Benteke. Lukaku is a legitimately terrifying presence, and if he and Vlaar collide with sufficient force it could legitimately cause Villa Park to collapse; if Guzan is involved pretty much all of England will be in trouble. Here's to hoping it doesn't come to that.

AVFC Starting XI

Brad Guzan; Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Leandro Bacuna, Antonio Luna; Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph, Gabby Agbonlahor, Andi Weimann; Christian Benteke, Aleksandar Tonev


Jed Steer, Ciaran Clark, Matthew Lowton, Karim El Ahmadi, Nicklas Helenius, Yacouba Sylla, Libor Kozak

Everton Starting XI

Tim Howard; Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman; Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Steven Pienaar; Romelu Lukaku

Everton Subs

Joel Robles, Bryan Oviedo, John Stones, Nikica Jelavic, Leon Osman, Gerard Deulofeu, Steven Naismith