|John McGinn celebrates with teammates after firing Aston Villa in front against Everton on Sunday. Villa won 4-0. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The English Premier League serves twists and turns, and Sunday was no different as two games went underway at Villa Park and the London Stadium.
Aston Villa, fresh off their 5-1 loss at Newcastle on the opening day, needed a result to banish the effect of their trip to St. James’s Park, and boy, didn’t they show up big against their visitors from the blue half of Merseyside?
Everton lost at home to Fulham on the opening day, but it wasn’t for lack of effort, and the Toffees also needed a good result against Aston Villa, but everything conjured up to make it a better-forgotten day for Sean Dyches and his men.
First, striker Dominic Calvert Lewin collided with Emiliano Martinez, and the former had to be replaced early in the game by Arnaut Danjuma. Not long after that, Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi also pulled his hamstring and would be out for a while.
Leon Bailey set up John McGinn for the opener before Jordan Pickford hacked down Ollie Watkins in the area, and Douglas Luiz converted from the spot. Everton didn’t offer much going forward, and Aston Villa didn’t take their feet off the pedal.
Bailey made it three shortly after the restart, and John Duran completed the rout just 50 seconds after coming on. The result took Aston Villa up to tenth from the bottom of the log, but it’s Everton that mops the table.
Up next for Unai Emery’s men is a trip to Vincent Kompany’s Burnley, who had the weekend off due to Luton’s stadium situation, while Sean Dyches and Everton will take their search for their first new season points to their home game against Everton.