45+3′ – Half-time whistle, it was quite a game. Both sides had their control phases, but it remains 0-0.
45+2′ – Pickford’s long kick finds Onana and he is pulled down by McGinn on the edge of the box. It’s a direct shot but McNeil will take it to turn it into a cross into the box. Straight into the wall, terrible.
45′ – CHANCE! Brilliant pass from behind the Iwobi defensive line which McNeil brings down on the right side of the box but his complete lack of a right foot means he has to try to turn around and eventually gets to Maupay who tries to put a shot in to place the penalty area long corner, but Martinez has collected and can concede. Wasted.
More than three minutes can be added.
44′ – McNeil catches Cash in possession and he easily goes down and wins a free kick right in front of Dyche, who looks annoyed at the referee.
42′ – Iwobi concedes a free-kick on the right side of Everton. Digne will take it into the box and his former full-back partner Coleman can clear.
37′ – Ramsey goes down and attacks Gueye, it’s an Everton foul. A moment for both sides to catch their breath. Everton have roared back into the game after being rocked on their heels early on.
McNeil dances around and then puts in another cross that Iwobi misses. There he was hit by Cash on the left flank.
34′ – Chance! McNeil and Myko combine again and this time it’s Onana who scores a towering header that Martinez tips over the bar! Iwobi’s corner is deep and goes back across the box and Villa eventually clears.
30′ – Immense pressure from the Blues, who keep piling on the flanks from the left, and Mykolenko now comes into play.
32′ – Coleman! Big stop for Watkins holding the ball up on a counter waiting for his teammates.
29′ – Onana dallys with a shot and it comes to Iwobi and he wins a corner. Iwobi’s inswinger from the left hits a My Maupay header, flashes over the goal and goes wide on the other side!
27′ – In full swing at Goodison. The crowd is really excited thanks to some tough referee decisions against the Blues. They had Villa cornered there for a few minutes but couldn’t create any real chances.
20′ – McNeil finds joy here on the left against Cash, this is his fifth cross into the box. Martinez has collected all of them so far.
13′ – Everton have been unable to get the ball out of their own half for about three minutes now and it ends with Bailey winning an Onana free-kick at a dangerous spot on the edge of the box.
Lucas Digne is above it, as is Douglas Luiz, and it’s the former Blue who takes it and sends it across the bar to great roars from the Goodison crowd.
10′ – Saved! As expected, the in-form Watkins gets behind birthday boy Coady and is in goal, but Pickford is quick off his line to save.
8′ – Chance! Maupay does well to hold a long ball and plays McNeil on the left, his cross down the middle is partially met by Iwobi and the shot is saved.
6′ – The first shot of the game comes from McGinn. Ramsey finds room to run, and that could be problematic for the Blues.
3′ – Onana put a foot in Douglas Luiz and the Brazilian is down. Ref decides that deserved an early yellow card, ugh.
1′ – In progress!
Starting Lineups – Again, no changes for Sean Dyche as he tries to maintain consistency in the lineup. For Villa, Emery has walked at pace on the wings, with both Ramsey and Bailey present from the start.
Two home games for Sean Dyche, two wins for Everton. How long can the blues keep this streak going? Hopefully long enough to take the club out of the relegation zone and closer to the storied 40-point mark.
Today’s visitors are Aston Villa, who have had their own adversities this season, but renowned Europa League manager Unai Emery has stepped in and stabilized the club somewhat, although they are also currently in a bit of a slump in form.
The Toffees are currently 16th on 21 points, although teams are all tightly bunched at the bottom of the table, with Southampton just three points behind them in last place and Leicester City in 14th three points ahead.
Competition: Premier League matchday 24
Date and start time: Saturday, February 25 at 7:00am PT / 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BST
Stadion: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, UK
Weather: 44°F/7°C, cloudy, 5% chance of precipitation, 12 mph wind
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The Blues lost that game’s away game earlier in the season 2–1, with the Blues consolation coming from former player Lucas Digne’s own goal. Villa also won their last visit to Goodison Park as Steven Gerrard and Duncan Ferguson repeated their on-field derby clashes when Big Dun was caretaker manager of the Blues in January 22 after Rafa Benitez was sacked in a 1-0 win.