Aston Villa’s latest attempt at much-needed Premier League points comes at Goodison Park on Thursday as they travel to Everton.

Villa know that a win is critical in their fight to secure top flight status, with the club currently second-from-bottom and 5 points from safety with 3 games to play.

A 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out was a welcome boost to their survival hopes, but with Bournemouth demolishing Leicester, and teams above them also winning, no real ground was made up.

Dean Smith will need his side to pick up a similar result at Everton if Villa are realistically to have any chance of survival.

As for Everton, their results have been a mixed bag since Project Restart commenced, with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats from their 6 games since the season’s resumption.

That patchy form will be a bugbear for Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti, who will be looking to finish the season in consistent fashion, with expectations of a higher placing next year amongst the Goodison faithful.

Everton may be without Yerry Mina against Aston Villa, with the Columbian defender picking up a knock against Wolves last time out.

Injured Mason Holgate is on the comeback trail, and may recover in time to replace Mina against Villa.

Ancelotti didn’t select Andre Gomes or Alex Iwobi against Wolves, but they may come back in to the for the game at Goodison.

Aston Villa have doubts surrounding Neil Taylor, who may not feature against Everton.

Dean Smith is also expected to be without defender Kortney Hause after he sustained an injury in the warm-up in the win at Crystal Palace.

Everton v Aston Villa is a 6pm kick off on Thursday, July 16.

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