Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard suffered a disappointment Week 1 when dealing with Aston Villa and Everton. Now former England team-mates turned Premier League managers are standing in their way for a Saturday morning tilt at Villa Park (watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).
Gerrard’s first game since dropping former captain Tyrone Mings did not go well, as newly-promoted Bournemouth stunned the Villans with a 2-0 shock from the South Coast.
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Everton’s loss to Chelsea was far less surprising but nonetheless worrying as the Toffees are missing two defenders through injury (Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina). The silver lining is that the defeat may have jolted Everton’s transfer plans and the Toffees look set to add more ahead of the 37 games remaining this season.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester United vs Brighton.
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How to watch Aston Villa vs Everton live, streaming links and start times
Kick off: 7:30am ET Saturday
TV Channel: US Network
On line: Streaming via NBCSports.com
Main storyline & star cast (young)
It’s hard to ignore Gerrard’s need to deliver results to calm his own nerves, as Villa won just twice last season and losing to Bournemouth would mean nothing to anyone other than Cherry. But also keep an eye on the forwards, as Ollie Watkins and Co. looking to get back on the scoresheet and quickly fight off an injury-stricken defence.
Can Everton overcome backline injuries? Frank Lampard will count on Mason Holgate to deliver the stuff at centre-back alongside James Tarkowski, and the Toffees also have Michael Keane.
Aston Villa team news, injuries, line-up options
QUESTION: Tyrone Mings (groin). OUT: Kortney Hause (knee).
Everton team news, injuries, line-up options
QUESTION: Tom Davies (fitness). OUT: Yerry Mina (ankle), Andre Gomes (other), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Ben Godfrey (fibula), Andros Townsend (knee)