February 24, 2024

Everton face Aston Villa today, as one of the most historic fixtures in English football makes yet another return.

However, there has been a severe role reversal this term, as it is now the visitors who boast a considerable ascendency, having enjoyed a miraculous turnaround under Unai Emery.

Sat third in the Premier League, challenging the established elite against all the odds, this is a story that the Toffees could have only dreamed of when Farhad Moshiri first joined.

And yet, such is the allure of this division, today still marks a clash where either side could claim victory.

Crystal Palace v Everton - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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Minor injury boosts and key absences could prove pivotal in turning the side, and so to see Lucas Digne ruled out marks a huge positive for the hosts.

However, they are not without blows themselves.

Dwight McNeil ‘really lucky’ with injury

Having been stretchered off against Crystal Palace, it surprised many when Sean Dyche actually suggested that Dwight McNeil had been ‘really lucky’.

However, such was the manner in which he departed the pitch, the worst was understandably feared. So, his notion makes sense, as he revealed that the winger would now be assessed on a weekly basis before making a fitness call.

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