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Aston Villa could welcome back captain Jack Grealish for the first time since February when they host Everton this evening in the Premier League.

Villa have won just three times in the 12 Premier League matches Grealish has missed due to injury but manager Dean Smith confirmed this week that the England international has returned to training and could be available.

Everton will be aiming to gather more momentum as they aim to finish the season on a high with qualification for European football next year. Carlo Ancelotti’s side could go level on points with West Ham with a win, with three matches remaining this season.

In a quirk of the fixture schedule, owing to the postponement of this match in January due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Villa squad, this is second time the teams have met this month following Villa’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park on 1 May.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League fixture tonight.

When is it?

The match kicks off at 6:00 pm GMT on Thursday 13 May.

How can I watch?

It will air live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League, with coverage starting from 5:00 pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What is the team news?

Jack Grealish could make his long-awaited return from injury but Dean Smith has said the Villa captain is only fit enough to start on the bench, if he is available at all. “Is he ready to start games?” Smith said on Wednesday. “No, but if he feels pain-free then he’s ready to be a part of the squad.” Elsewhere, top scorer Ollie Watkins is suspended after being sent off in Villa’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, which could see striker Wesley return to the starting line-up after his long spell out with a knee injury. Trezeguet remains out with a knee injury.

Everton’s James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina are both likely to miss out against Villa due to injuries but Abdoulaye Doucoure could return to Ancelotti’s squad for the first time since April after recovering from a broken foot.

Possible line-ups

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi; Wesley

Everton: Pickford; Godfrey, Keane, Holgate; Coleman, Allan, Davies, Digne; Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


Aston Villa: 9/5

Draw: 12/5

Everton: 6/4


Everton’s away form has been excellent this season and Carlo Ancelotti’s side have an excellent opportunity to get their revenge on a depleted Villa side, especially with Dominic Calvert-Lewin looking back in-form after scoring two in two. Aston Villa 1-2 Everton

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