Aston Villa vs Everton LIVE: Toffees make the trip to the Midlands in search of a win that will see them temporarily leapfrog rivals Liverpool into the European places… while Jack Grealish could return to action after months out
- Aston Villa welcome Everton to Villa Park for this evening’s Premier League clash
- Carlo Ancelotti’s side are still in the hunt for European football next season
- While Villa will be hoping to have captain Jack Grealish back from a shin injury
- Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
Aston Villa welcome Everton to Villa Park for this early evening Premier League kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees side are still in the mix to finish in the European places and have games in hand on several of the teams occupying the spots above them. A win for Everton would take them temporarily above rivals Liverpool, who play later on this evening against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Villa fans will be hoping to see the return of their skipper Jack Grealish, who has spent months on the sidelines recovering from a shin injury which he picked up in February.
Follow Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy for all the live coverage of this 6pm kick-off, including all the build-up to the game at Villa Park.
Everton find themselves just a point off Spurs in the Europa Conference League place but it will be the Champions League, and more realistically, the Europa League proper they’re aiming for.
Meanwhile, Villa are seven points adrift of tonight’s visitors but should they win all four of their remaining games, they could find themselves back in the mix. They’ll need a lot of results to go their way, though.
Smith vows to keep Grealish on a tight rein ahead of any return
TOM COLLOMOSSE: The Aston Villa captain could make his comeback from the bench tonight after recovering from a shin injury — delivering a huge boost to England coach Gareth Southgate with Euro 2020 less than a month away.
Grealish was originally due to return on April 4 but suffered a setback and Villa boss Smith is adamant there will be no repeat.
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Carlo Ancelotti names five defenders for tonight’s clash while Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Sigurdsson look to do the damage up top.
Everton starting XI: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Coleman, Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Subs: Delph, King, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, Andre Gomes, Davies, Virginia, Olsen
Villa skipper Jack Grealish makes the bench after missing the last 12 games through injury. Davis leads the line for Dean Smith’s side while Ross Barkley sits in behind.
Aston Villa starting XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Davis
Subs: Wesley, Grealish, Steer, Nakamba, Elmohamady, Hause, Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka
And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Aston Villa vs Everton at Villa Park.
English football’s most-played league fixture of all time returns to our screens tonight with two of the 12 founding members of the Football League going head to head once again to finish the season strong.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side remain in the hunt for a European finish, given they have games in hand on the teams immediately above them in the table.
Should they get all three points here, the Toffees would temporarily leapfrog rivals Liverpool into sixth and will stay there if Manchester United can beat Jurgen Klopp’s men later on tonight.
For Aston Villa, European football appears to be out of reach, given they are six points behind seventh-place Tottenham, but with four games left to play, anything can happen.
Villa fans are also expecting to see the return of skipper Jack Grealish, who has spent months out injured with a shin problem.
Stay tuned for all the team news and all the build-up to this 6pm kick-off.
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