Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to continue his good record for Everton against Aston Villa as he looks for his 50th Premier League goal.
Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley could feature for the first time since August after recovering from an ankle injury, while Leighton Baines may make his first appearance of a season ruined so far by an ankle problem of his own.
Aston Villa have concerns over Gabby Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede, and are definitely without Jordan Amavi, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered on international duty.
- Everton have lost just one of their last nine Premier League encounters with Aston Villa (W4 D4), but that defeat came in the most recent meeting at Villa Park last May.
- The Toffees have scored either two or three goals in each of their last nine Premier League games against Villa (along with a 1-1 in January 2012).
- Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his three top-flight games for Everton against Aston Villa (one in each game).
- Lukaku is one goal off hitting 50 in the Premier League, which would make him only the fifth player in Premier League history to make that milestone before turning 23 (along with Owen, Fowler, Rooney and Ronaldo).
- Everton have gone six top-flight games without keeping a clean sheet; only West Ham have gone longer without a shutout (seven games).
- Everton are the only side in the Premier League this season to see all their goals scored from open play (20 out of 20).
- Only David Silva (6) and Mesut Ozil (10) have more Premier League assists this season than Gerard Deulofeu (5).
- New Villa boss Remi Garde met Everton twice in the Premier League as an Arsenal player, winning one and drawing one, with both games coming at Goodison Park in 1997.
- The Villans have now gone 11 Premier League games without enjoying a victory (D2 L9), the longest winless streak in the division.
- Villa’s haul of just five points after 12 games is their worst-ever haul at this stage of a top-flight season.