Soccer Picks: Aston Villa vs. Everton Tips & Odds

Richard O'Hagan

Monday, October 21, 2013 8:47 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 8:47 PM GMT

Two of the Premier League’s most interesting teams meet in a match neither can afford to lose. With so much at stake, find out who we recommend backing with your soccer picks?

Little was expected of Aston Villa and Everton this season. Villa narrowly avoided relegation last year and some battling performances towards the end of the term couldn’t hide the fact that Paul Lambert’s youth policy was taking longer than expected to bear fruit. Everton, on the other hand, had to deal with the destabilising effect of the departure of long-time manager David Moyes and introduction of the very different style of Roberto Martinez.

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That they lie 13th and 7th in the Premier League table respectively going into these games shows just how wrong pre-season predictions can be. Everton have lost just once all season, whilst Villa, after losing three consecutive matches in September, then went on a three game unbeaten run. Despite being without their leading striker, Christian Benteke, for all but the opening eight minutes of it and during which time USA international goalkeeper Brad Guzan keep two clean sheets after not having one since December 2012. Of course, the way of such things at Villa Park is that Villa then undid all of that good work with an insipid performance against Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.

Villa’s win over Manchester City at Villa Park suggests that, at home, they can be a match for any side in the Premier League. Sunday’s defeat, however, suggests that they are far from being challengers to the top half dozen teams. Even so, BetVictor priced them at an almost-disrespectful 3.5, whilst making Everton strong favorites at 2.15. Those soccer odds also ignore the fact that the Toffees have drawn almost as many games this season as they have won, which makes the 3.4 on offer for the draw almost as attractive as backing a home win with your soccer picks.

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