Aston Villa Bounce Back in Style with 4-0 Demolition of Everton

August 21, 2023 12:18 pm

Aston Villa delivered a resounding response to their previous week’s woes, securing their first win of the season in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Everton. Captain John McGinn led the charge, netting the opener, while Douglas Luiz doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Jordan Pickford fouled Ollie Watkins. Leon Bailey added a third early in the second half, and Jhon Duran came off the bench to score his maiden Premier League goal.

Villa’s excellent performance continued their recent dominance over Everton, marking their fifth consecutive Premier League victory against the Toffees and extending their unbeaten streak to nine matches against the Merseyside club. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

Leon Bailey, who faced criticism and was substituted at halftime in the previous match, was instrumental in Villa’s success. His burst down the right-wing led to an early chance for Lucas Digne, and moments later, Bailey’s pass set up McGinn’s roof-of-the-net volley for the opening goal.

Bailey’s influence didn’t stop there. He stretched to nod a cross into Watkins’ path, and when Pickford brought down Watkins in the box, Douglas Luiz converted the resulting penalty.

Villa’s relentless attack continued, with Diaby testing Pickford, whose superb save pushed a volley onto the post. Everton’s day went from bad to worse when Dominic Calvert-Lewin, returning from injury, was forced off after a collision with Emi Martinez.

Arnaut Danjuma, Calvert-Lewin’s replacement, had a chance, but Martinez denied him. Then, in the second half, Iwobi had to leave the pitch injured, and his replacement, Neal Maupay, barely had time to settle in before Bailey struck again, driving a low finish between Pickford’s legs.

Watkins came close to a fourth, lifting a shot just wide, and Maupay tested Martinez with a volley. Unai Emery’s confidence in his squad was evident as Jhon Duran, the fourth substitute, made an instant impact by capitalizing on Ashley Young’s short throw-in to round Michael Keane and slot the ball under Pickford.

Despite the emphatic victory, the gloss was slightly tarnished by Philippe Coutinho’s injury, as the Brazilian was assisted off the field with just five minutes remaining. Villa will hope to carry this momentum into their upcoming Europa Conference League play-off clash with Hibernian, while Everton will need to regroup and bounce back after a challenging day that saw injuries to key players Calvert-Lewin and Iwobi. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports