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‘Problems’ – Pundits disagree over Aston Villa vs Everton prediction

Aston Villa are back in action when they host Everton on Saturday (5.30pm).

Villa are looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s 3-0 reverse to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku (2) and Mateo Kovacic helped Thomas Tuchel’s side secure a victory in the face of a spirited Villa performance.

Now Dean Smith ‘s men are set to welcome back Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez following their stint in quarantine after going away with Argentina on international duty.

Leon Bailey could make a first start of the season after his return to the matchday squad having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Everton, meanwhile, beat Burnley 3-1 last time out on Monday night but had to be jolted into action by a Ben Mee goal before netting three times in six minutes.

Former Villa player Paul Merson reckons there will be goals at Villa Park but little to separate the two sides.

Predicting a 2-2 draw, Meton said: “Everton were not going anywhere against Burnley, but all of a sudden, Andros Townsend scored that unbelievable goal and the game turned on its head. I’m still waiting for Villa to fully turn up in the Premier League, which could well be this week.

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“If Villa decide to show up, this could turn out to be quite the game. In terms of quality, there’s not much between the two sides, so they will cause each other problems. So far, Everton have hit the ground running and Villa haven’t, but I really can’t split them.”

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson, meanwhile, reckons Villa will cause their visitors ‘problems’.

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“Well, the Rafael Benitez revival continues at Everton – he changed the team around to spark their fightback to beat Burnley,” the BBC pundit said.

“Villa lost at Chelsea last weekend but they were right in that game for a long time – they had plenty of chances in the first half.

“It will be close, but I fancy Smith’s side to nick the points here. As good as Everton are, we saw them wobble in that game against the Clarets and I can see Villa causing them problems too.”

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