Everton vs Aston Villa – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Toffees chase crucial win against Unai Emery’s high-flying side

The Premier League winter break means action is at a premium this weekend, with just five fixtures across three days.

The silver lining to it all is that today’s matches should provide talking points aplenty.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be in attendance at Old Trafford later this afternoon for the first time since his minority takeover was formally announced, while Timo Werner could make his Tottenham debut after returning to the Premier League.

Before all of that, however, our collective attention focuses on Merseyside where Everton host Aston Villa in a very important fixture for both.

The days when Everton appeared to have dragged themselves out of the relegation zone are as distant a memory as Christmas dinner.

Three consecutive defeats have dropped the Toffees right back into the thick of it and they start the day 17th on the table, but clear of the relegation zone purely on goal difference.

Villa, meanwhile, would temporarily go top of the table alongside Liverpool with a win this afternoon – albeit having played one more game than Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Unai Emery’s men overcame a slight festive wobble with a last-gasp win over Burnley on December 30 and are third in the table.

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