Chris Sutton has made a decision on Everton’s next Premier League matchup with Aston Villa. In order to snap a four-game league losing trend, Everton will be eager to win all three points this weekend against Aston Villa.
The absence of key player and top scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure has certainly hurt Sean Dyche’s team, but it would be significant if he could make a big comeback this weekend.
Luton has a game in hand and has the potential to pass Everton tonight. Everton is in dire need of points since they are only one point above the relegation zone. This won’t be easy against title-challenging Villa, but if Everton gets going, it may be a hard day for Unai Emery’s team.
With a further possible FFP punishment also a concern, Everton needs to win as many games as possible risk relegation becoming a real threat once more.
Chris Sutton on Everton
In advance of the game, BBC pundit Chris Sutton has been sharing his views on the upcoming game in which he predicted a 1-1 result.
He explained: “Everton, meanwhile, are desperate for a result because those defeats have left them only a point above the relegation zone, and they could even be back in the bottom three by kick-off if Luton beat Burnley on Friday.
“Eventually, though, I think Everton will get things together again under Sean Dyche. It’s just a question of when he gets them in gear, and you don’t want to meet them the day that happens.”
A clear warning was sent here to Unai Emery that if he meets the Goodison Park outfit on their day, there could be a surprise result in the offing.
Everton can send a real statement here
Everton can get themselves back on track here, with a win laying down a marker for the rest of the league.
It’s a game in which the Toffees can’t afford to suffer another heavy defeat, given how the previous month has gone.
If the Toffees can return to the form they showed in Early December then safety should be a given, but if not it could be a long four months for Dyche in which he’ll come under serious pressure.