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Magic Numbers: Aston Villa


Everton welcome Aston Villa to Goodison Park on Saturday looking to rack up their third win in a week.

Here we preview the visit of Paul Lambert’s side with the help of stats, facts and numbers…

1Opposing players who have scored at both ends in Everton matches. This occurred in May 1990 when Aston Villa’s Tony Cascarino put through his own net 14 minutes before half-time, only to equalise for the Midlanders shortly after the restart. The game eventually ended in a 3-3 draw.

2 Premier League goals scored by keepers at Goodison Park. These were netted by Tim Howard in last season's home game against Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa’s Peter Schmeichel in their 3-2 defeat on Merseyside in October 2001.

Tony Cascarino signs for Villa in March 1990. Two months later he scored at both ends in a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park.

3Matches played by Nikica Jelavic against Aston Villa, the striker scoring in all three. In 2009/10, the Croatian pounced for Rapid Vienna in both legs of their Europa League qualifier, while he was also on target at Villa Park earlier this season.

5 Premier League goals scored by Leon Osman against Aston Villa. The midfielder has scored more against the Villans than any other club.

Nikica Jelavic scores against Aston Villa for Rapid Vienna in August 2009.

26 Seasons since the Toffees completed a home and away league double against Aston Villa. In 1986/87, the Toffees triumphed 3-0 at home and 1-0 away. 

91 Years since an Everton hat-trick against Villa, Bobby Irvine netting three in just five minutes during a 5-0 win at Goodison Park in January 1922. It remains the fastest ever treble by a Blues player.

110Seasons Everton have spent in the top flight. Aston Villa are the only other team to reach the century milestone. This is currently the Midlanders’ 102nd campaign in English football’s elite division.

Phil Neville

150 Everton starts for Marouane Fellaini should the Belgian be named in David Moyes’ first XI on Saturday afternoon.

195 Previous league matches between the two sides. All of those meetings have been in the top flight and it remains the most played league fixture in English football history. Villa lead 72-71 in victories on the head-to-head stats, with the goal tally standing at 302 apiece.

300 Skipper Phil Neville will make his 300th Everton appearance should he play on Saturday. Only Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert have made more outings for the Blues in the David Moyes era.

Tickets for Saturday's game are still available. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878.

Alternatively, visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or Ticket Quarter in Queen Square.

All stats provided by Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1 on Twitter).

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