Everton travel to play Aston Villa on Saturday looking for a win to keep pace with early pacesetters.
With Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea all in action on Sunday, the Toffee’s will be aware that a win at Villa Park would propel them into the top four and continue their impressive start to the season under Roberto Martinez.
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The Merseysider’s saw their unbeaten start to the season ended by Manchester City prior to the recent International break however they bounced back in strong fashion last time out, beating a stubborn Hull side 2-1 and Martinez is expecting another tough task against Villa.
“We won’t underestimate their quality, that’s for sure,” the Spaniard said. “Anyone that can beat Arsenal or Manchester City deserves huge credit.
“When they have everyone fit and available, they are as good as anyone on their day.”
Despite a difficult start to the season that has included games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City Liverpool and Spurs Aston Villa have also impressed and currently sit 13th in the table on 10 points.
Manager Paul Lambert has admitted his delight at the points tally on the board considering the quality of the teams they have faced so far.
“The thing for us is that in our start to the season we’ve played five of the top six which is an incredible thing to come through,” he said.
“You need a bit of respite at certain times from that. You can’t keep going like that.
“The only one we haven’t played yet is Manchester United so when you look at it like that, our points tally is pretty decent.”
Lambert is also set to be boosted by the return of star striker Christian Benteke with the Belgian set to start after making his comeback from the bench against Spurs last weekend.
Ciaran Clarke is also set to feature after recovering from illness while Gary Gardner and Marc Albrighton are doubts with Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) and Jores Okore (knee) long-term absentees.
Everton meanwhile will be without Johnny Heitinga, Darron Gibson and Antolin Alcaraz.