Everton and Aston Villa have met in every Premier League season and have served up some classic encounters in the past 22 years. Here are some of the highlights ahead of their latest Goodison Park clash on Saturday:
The two clubs last met in February, with Everton coming into the game on the back of their 4-0 Merseyside derby mauling at Anfield. They showed signs of raggedness in the first half, with Leandro Bacuna giving the visitors the lead with a composed finish.
But Everton battled back in the second half and earned a 2-1 victory thanks to two goals in the final 20 minutes. Steven Naismith equalised when he fired home following a clever pass from Steven Pienaar, and Kevin Mirallas hit the winner with a fantastic free-kick.
Most Dramatic Finish
The meeting in December 2008 was a Premier League classic which had action from the first minute to the last. Steve Sidwell gave Villa the lead within seconds with a 25-yard shot, only for Joleon Lescott to level matters on the half-hour mark.
Nine minutes into the second half, Ashley Young capitalised on a terrible back-pass from Phil Jagielka to make it 2-1, and they held that lead until stoppage time when Lescott’s second of the game sparked wild celebrations. However, Villa still had time to snatch it thanks to Young, who burst through and confidently beat Tim Howard.
Most Emphatic Victory
Everton were in excellent form in March 2006, picking up their sixth successive victory with a 4-1 success over the struggling Villans. They were three goals up by half time through James McFadden, Tim Cahill’s scrambled finish and Leon Osman’s effort on 45 minutes.
Gabriel Agbonlahor pulled a goal back for David O’Leary’s side on 64 minutes, but they were never really in the game and conceded a fourth in the closing stages when Cahill powerfully struck past Thomas Sorensen.
Two embarrassing cup defeats meant Villa were at a very low ebb at the beginning of February 2013, but they came very close to pulling off a shock victory at Everton. Christian Benteke was their star man as he scored twice either side of Gabriel Agbonlahor’s strike to give them a 3-1 lead.
But Everton, whose first goal had come from Victor Anichebe, had plenty of fighting spirit as well as the power of Marouane Fellaini, who exploited Villa’s defensive vulnerabilities by netting a brace – including an added time equaliser – to salvage an unlikely point.
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