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Summary

  1. Aston Villa XI: Given, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Richardson, Westwood, Cleverley, Delph, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Benteke
  2. Everton XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Lennon, Lukaku

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By James McMath

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Aston Villa 3-2 Everton

    The relief at Villa Park is palpable as the hosts hang on for three big points. Jagielka's late header made for a nervous final few seconds but Tim Sherwood's team hold out.

  2. GOAL - Phil Jagielka

    Aston Villa 3-2 Everton

    What was that about being comfortable? Leighton Baines' corner is headed on to the bar by James McCarthy, it loops up and Phil Jagielka is there to head the ball in from close range.

  3. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    We're in stoppage time now and Villa are looking comfortable.

  4. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    Final Score

    "Tom Cleverly has been a revelation since Tim Sherwood took over. He always used to go sideways and was lacking in confidence but that was a great run and finish. Everton have woken up in the second half a bit but Villa are still looking strong. That goal came at a vital time."

  5. PENALTY APPEAL

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Seamus Coleman goes down under a challenge by Charles N'Zogbia in the area but the appeals are waved away.

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    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Liam Kennedy: Tim Sherwood has even got Cleverley scoring. Magician.

  7. SUBSTITUTION

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Alan Hutton is on for Leandro Bacuna. The Scotsman is a little more defensively minded than his Dutch team-mate.

  8. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    All of a sudden, there's a nervous hush around Villa Park but the home team are doing OK. Ten minutes remain.

  9. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Ross Barkley's first action is to fire in an effort from 20 yards but it's blocked by a crowd of Villa players. Everton are seeing a lot of the ball now.

  10. SUBSTITUTIONS

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Both teams make changes. Ross Barkley and Leon Osman are on for Everton in place of Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas, while Ashley Westwood is replaced by Carlos Sanchez for the hosts.

  11. Elsewhere in the Premier League

    The other significant score for Villa is that Sunderland are 2-1 up against Southampton. The Black Cats are still in the bottom three but only two points behind Villa, who are 14th as it stands.

    Ten-man Burnley are 1-0 down against West Ham.

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    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    Tatenda Chakaduka: Sherwood is good with strikers, motivated Adebayor, gave Kane game time now turning Benteke into; well Benteke 2012/13.

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  13. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

    That's Cleverley's second goal in as many matches for Villa after going 26 without scoring.

  14. GOAL

    Aston Villa 3-1 Everton - Tom Cleverley

    Tom Cleverley

    A brilliant ball from Leandro Bacuna picks out Tom Cleverley's burst through the middle and the on-loan Manchester United player rifles the ball into the roof of the net. Villa fans in full voice again.

  15. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 Everton

    The Villa fans respond to falling behind by shouting even louder for their team. Big 30 minutes coming up for the hosts now. Can they hang on?

  16. GOAL - Romelu Lukaku

    Aston Villa 2-1 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku

    Romelu Lukaku squeezes his spot kick beyond Shay Given. The Everton striker's technique was unusual to say the least as he attempted to send the Villa goalkeeper the wrong way.

  17. PENALTY to Everton

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Villa get themselves in a mess at the back and Ron Vlaar's clumsy challenge on Steven Naismith is spotted by referee Mark Clattenburg.

  18. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku

    Romelu Lukaku has had Everton's best chance but Villa are keeping close tabs on the Belgian striker.

  19. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Now it's Villa's turn press again. Jack Grealish and Fabian Delph are both seeing plenty of the ball and the home fans are responding by generating a good atmosphere.

  20. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Everton certainly looking better so far in this half. Kevin Mirallas twists and turns in the area but the Villa defence stay with him to clear the danger.

  21. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Shay Given finally has some work to do and he does it brilliantly, tipping wide a low shot from Romelu Lukaku after a strong run from the Everton striker. The Belgian forward then heads over from the corner.

  22. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    We're back in action at Villa Park. No changes for either team at the break.

  23. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin

    Final Score

    "What Tim Sherwood has done to transform individuals at Aston Villa has been better than anything done by any other manager I have seen all season. Grealish, Delph, Benteke, Vlaar. Christian Benteke is the shining light and he just keeps scoring. He has done it brilliantly."

  24. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton arrived at Villa Park with five wins in six league games but they've looked tame so far. Some strong words from Roberto Martinez needed at half-time if they're going to prove they are not already on the beach.

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    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    John Pierce: That's a disgraceful half from Everton. Passing totally off key, no energy. Shameful.

  26. HALF-TIME

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Villa Park

    "There's a mighty roar around Villa Park for Christian Benteke.

    "Villa are two goals to the good and have clear blue water ahead of Everton. Everton have it all to do."

  27. HALF-TIME

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Two set pieces and two goals from Christian Benteke have Villa firmly in the driving seat as they strive for points in the race against relegation.

    Shay Given, in the Villa goal, has barely had a save to make. The 39-year-old will have had more strenuous afternoons in his garden.

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    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Doug Robinson: Calling Villa's improvement "a change in fortunes" is selling Sherwood short, as at Spurs. Just a better manager than Lambert.

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  29. GOAL - Christian Benteke

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Christian Benteke

    Another goal from Christian Benteke has Villa Park rocking. Ron Vlaar connected with JAck Grealish's corner but his header was off target again. Luckily for him, Benteke was at he back post to turn the ball in.

  30. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Pretty safe to assume Gareth Barry isn't enjoying this so far. Another mistake in midfield hands possession to his former club but Villa cannot capitalise as half-time looms.

  31. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    The Villa fans are a bit happier now. Fabian Delph is back on and looks OK and Gareth Barry has just played an aimless pass into touch, which they enjoyed. Everton showing few signs of getting back into this.

  32. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    There's a pause in play as Fabian Delph gets some treatment. The Villa fans aren't happy because Everton chose not to put the ball out.

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    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Liverpool Echo Everton editor Greg O'Keeffe on Twiter: "Half an hour gone and #EFC have had no shots (on or off target), no corners and 41% of the ball. Otherwise, we're doing well."

  34. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Villa finally have to do some defending as Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines put the hosts under some pressure. Everton win a throw in but Romelu Lukaku promptly lays the ball off to Villa's Charles N'Zogbia and the attack is over.

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    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Johnny Magrinho: Can we do PFA Player of the Year voting again? No Benteke & Villa would be relegated. He's absolutely vital to their survival.

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  36. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Vlaar clearly felt he should have done better with that chance and shows his frustration by kicking a post. Not sure how wise that is.

  37. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Ron Vlaar arrives perfectly on cue to meet Jack Grealish's corner but the Dutch defender heads wide. It should have been 2-0.

  38. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Villa are still on top, just about. Everton look keen to hit Lukaku early but the quality of passes into the Belgian has been poor so far.

  39. Elsewhere in the Premier League

    There's been some goals elsewhere that might interest Villa fans. Sunderland briefly took the lead against Southampton but the Saints have levelled. Burnley are down to 10 men and a goal down against West Ham.

  40. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    A heart-in-mouth moment for Everton's defence. John Stones was taking his time clearing the ball and was almost caught out by Charles N'Zogbia. The young England defender just about got away with it.

  41. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    Final Score

    "Christian Benteke is an animal in the air - but as a defender you know that from the start and the marking on the cross for the goal [see 10 mins] is poor. You have to set yourself up to be favourite every times the ball comes in the box with this player. At the moment nobody can get near him though."

  42. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Seamus Coleman

    We're early into the proceedings, admittedly, but as it stands Villa would move up to 14th and be four points clear of the relegation zone.

  43. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Charles N'Zogbia forces a decent low save from Tim Howard with a free-kick from 25 yards. The hosts are playing with real confidence so far.

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    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    NathB: Villa to win the league!

    Afolabi Shobowale: Benteke has just scored a Benteke.

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  45. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Villa need the points more than Everton and they look the hungrier of the side so far. They're keeping the ball well and Everton are chasing shadows.

  46. GOAL

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton - Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke is in red-hot form and he rises to head in from another Fabian Delph cross from the left. That's his 10th goal in in nine matches in all competitions.

  47. Everton's gr-eight record

    Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Villa are attempting to end a miserable run against Everton. They have failed to beat the Toffees in their last eight attempts, drawing four and losing four.

    Everton won this season's earlier encounter at Goodison Park 3-0, thanks to goals from Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman.

    The home side are just about on top so far.

  48. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Phil Jagielka heads over his own bar after Fabian Delph's cross but it was a bit too close for comfort from an Everton viewpoint. The resulting corner is aimed at Christian Benteke but it comes to nothing.

  49. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Everton have Gareth Barry in midfield, playing against the club he served for 12 years. He gets an attack going by releasing Aaron Lennon but his cross towards Steven Naismith is cleared by Villa.

  50. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    An early touch for Shay Given in the Villa goal as he gathers a long ball forward that was aimed for Romelu Lukaku. Then, Steven Naismith gave the ball away in a dangerous area for Everton but Leighton Baines came to his rescue.

  51. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Villa get us under way, defending the Holte End. Kicking from left to right, depending on which side of the ground you're watching from.

  52. Post update

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Right. The players are on the pitch. Just waiting now for the customary handshakes and presentations to finish. Everton in white shirts with blue shorts. Aston Villa in their home claret and blue shirts with white shorts. Here we go.

  53. Game of thrones

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Aston Villa are banking on the latest addition to the royal family following in her father's footsteps by becoming a little Villan.

    Prince William is a Villa supporter and the club congratulated him on the birth of his baby daughter this morning with this tweet.

    Aston Villa baby tweet
  54. Silver lining?

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Villa will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on 30 but one young fan has already had his hands on the trophy (albeit a replica version).

    Young Villa fan with the FA Cup

    If you had to choose, Villa fans, would you rather win the Cup or survive in the Premier League?

  55. Chris cost will make you jump

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Villa's upturn in fortunes has coincided with a return to to form from their main striker, Christian Benteke. The Belgian has scored nine goals in his last eight league and cup games for Aston Villa, having only scored three times in his first 21 appearances.

    Manager Tim Sherwood says Benteke would be too expensive for most Premier League clubs to buy.

    What would be a fair price for Benteke?

    Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke

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  56. Villa are Sher-shooters

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Aston Villa fans have reasons to be cheerful thanks to Tim Sherwood. They have an FA Cup final to look forward to but before that, there's the small matter of making sure they avoid dropping out of the Premier League for the first time.

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood

    The Villans are averaging a goal every six shots under Sherwood - compared with one every 16 under Paul Lambert.

  57. Young guns down Toffees

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Villa's most recent win over Everton came in August 2010 and the goal came from Young.

    Ashley Young and Luke Young

    No, not Ashley, defender Luke, of course. It was one of only two league goals he scored for Villa.

  58. Banishing the Blues

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Not so long ago, Villa v Everton looked like it might be a scrap between two teams sweating on their top-flight status but the Toffees' excellent recent form means they arrive at Villa Park in relaxed mood.

    Roberto Martinez's team have won five of their last six matches in the league, drawing the other and that sequence has moved the Merseyside club from 14th to 10th.

  59. Haven't we met before?

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport Aston Villa v Everton Graphic

    This is the 200th staging of the most-played fixture in the English top flight. Everton lead by 74 wins to Aston Villa's 72, with 53 draws.

  60. Commentator's view

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Timing is everything - and both Aston Villa are Everton are arguably in their best form of the season.

    "Only a week or so ago it looked as though one more win might do it for Villa - but the continuing revival of Hull and Leicester has pushed up the estimated points tally for what should equate to safety.

    "The Blues have finished in the top eight for each of the last eight seasons, and it's just about feasible that they could squeeze into that group again - 16 points from the last 18 available have been a timely reminder of what Everton are capable of."

  61. TEAM NEWS

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, 39, makes his first Premier League appearance since August 2012 - which also came against Everton. The other change for the hosts is Charles N'Zogbia for Carlos Sanchez.

    Forward Steven Naismith makes his first league start since Stoke on 4 March as Everton make two changes. Kevin Mirallas also comes in as Leon Osman and Ross Barkley make way.

    Aston Villa XI: Given, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Richardson, Westwood, Cleverley, Delph, N'Zogbia, Grealish, Benteke.

    Everton XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Lennon, Lukaku.

  62. It's squeaky bum Tim

    Aston Villa v Everton (15:00 BST)

    Aston Villa manager Tim Shewood

    Thanks for joining us for live updates from Aston Villa v Everton.

    The Toffees rock up at Villa Park with a carefree demeanour after pulling themselves well clear of the relegation zone but it's a very different story for Tim Sherwood's home team.

    They remain in desperate search of points in their bid to avoid a return to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1988.