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Michael Taylor 11th Apr 2009 - 23:06

Back Villa to battle back to form

Aston Villa came within seconds of getting back on the right track last weekend before Federico Macheda's last minute wonderstrike ended the dream but, with a repeat of that performance, it could be a different matter against Everton.

Villa are generously priced at 5/4 to end the dismal run which has seen their Champions League qualification hopes evaporate and after watching Gabriel Agbonlahor and John Carew rip Man Utd apart it seems they are in the frame of mind to manage it.

Everton, 23/10 shots to win the game and leapfrog Villa into fifth in the Premier League, are certainly not going to be there to make up the numbers and in Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott they have one of the best centre back partnerships in England.

However, with memories of the Villans remarkable 3-2 victory at Goodison Park from earlier in the season still fresh in the mind it looks hard not to back Villa to complete the double especially at odds against.

The aforementioned first meeting between these sides in December will be remembered for years to come as Lescott appeared to have rescued a point for the Toffees deep in injury time only for Ashley Young to silence the crowd by netting the winner with the last kick of the game.

Young was immense on that day and he will look to exploit Tony Hibbert, perhaps the weak link in Everton's defence, in the same fashion on Sunday - Young is 7/2 to score at anytime which could prove terrific value if Villa do find top gear.

Much will depend on Everton's ability to keep the game close and while David Moyes' team is better drilled than most in that department, the lack of creativity caused by Mikel Arteta's absence could be problematic when it comes to finding an out ball to stretch Curtis Davies and Carlos Cuellar.

You have to believe Moyes will be happy enough with a draw which makes you think it will be a close, low scoring contest. Fewer than 2 total match goals at 12/5 looks a decent shout while the 11/2 about a 1-0 Aston Villa win is tempting.

This is not to say either team is short of goal scoring threats with Carew, Agbonlahor, Jo and Tim Cahill all capable of finding the net at anytime however, in a game could decide who is the best team outside of the Big Four, caution should be the operative word.

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