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Rupert Wyman 28th Aug 2010 - 15:49

Everton to heap more misery on Villa

Aston Villa (13/8) host Everton on Sunday and both teams could do with a victory after disappointing starts to their respective Premier League campaigns.

Caretaker Aston Villa boss Kevin MacDonald got off to a great start to his managerial career when he led his side to victory over West Ham on the opening day of the season.  After that game he was heavily backed to be given the job on a full time basis and was seen as many fans favourite.

It's been downhill since then though with a shock 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Newcastle and an early UEFA Cup exit against Rapid Vienna.

MacDonald will be hoping for a morale boosting win here and that could boost his chances of getting the job on a full time basis. William Hill make him 11/2 for the post behind Bob Bradley (13/8) and Sven Goran Eriksson (5/1).  Reports suggest this could be his last chance to impress.

Meanwhile Everton (17/10) have just one point from their opening two games after letting the lead slip at home to Wolves last weekend.  They started last season slowly before bouncing back and I fancy them to register their first win here against a Villa side in disarray.

The uncertainty over the managerial position and the sale of James Milner have meant Villa are in a period of transition and that has shown in their recent performances and Everton can take advantage of that.

Everton are always reliable under David Moyes and I wouldn't read too much into their early season form.The toffees were dominant in terms of possession and shots on goal against both Blackburn and Wolves and were unfortunate not to win.

They got amongst the goals in midweek when they put five past Huddersfield in the Carling Cup and will be hoping for more of the same here. There were five different scorers on the night including summer signing James Beckford.  He is 13/2 to get the first goal against Villa.

John Carew missed a penalty at St James Park when the game was still scoreless, blasting the ball high over the bar. He's 13/2 to put that behind him and net first in this match. New signing Stephen Ireland is 9/1. Both games between these sides last year ended in a draw and if you fancy a repeat of that you can get 11/5.

I expect a tight low scoring game so under 2.5 goals (4/6) is my selection.

I think will Everton will sneak it one nil which is priced up at 15/2.

The game kicks off at 4pm on Sunday and is live on Sky Sports



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