Last Updated: 02/02/13 4:58pm
Despite their best efforts, the Toffees will have to settle for a point, although it could've easily been Villa who could've gone home with the spoils.
Sylla goes into the book for a loose tackle as the Toffees look to make something happen from another set-piece.
GOAL! The crowd goes wild as Fellaini heads home from the set-piece from the right to make it a dramatic finish on Merseyside.
Everton press even more with the clock ticking away on them and their bid to climb further up the table.
Clark's direct free-kick doesn't trouble Howard or his defence as six minutes is signalled as added time for Villa to hold on for a much-needed win.
Free kick awarded for Sylla's rough challenge on Osman by Yacouba Sylla. Gibson takes the free kick, but no luck for the Toffees on goal from the set-piece.
Distin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylla, but Westwood's delivery finds no one inside the box and bounces into touch.
Agbonlahor pushes up for Villa but the Toffees defence does well to deny the chance to get on the end of a long ball.
Another free-kick for the Toffees as Distin goes down, but there's no real challenge on goal from this set-piece.
Jelavic's tame effort from five yards out is tipped over the crossbar by Guzan after Anichebe's sharp pass from the left caught the defence napping.
Toffees all over Villa inside the box for the set-piece, but the danger is cleared, but nobody's dropping back for the home side.
Substitute Bryan Oviedo tests Guzan from range after the Toffees midfielder takes a pot off Osman's lay-off as the hosts press.
GOAL! The free-kick to the near post from Pienaar was punched out by Guzan, but their was nothing the shot-stopper could do to deny Fellaini, who smashed in from close-range after Anichebe's good lay-off.
Another free-kick opportunity for the Toffees as they throw number forward looking to get back on the scoresheet.
Benteke receives a talking to from Jones after some overzealous tackling. The goalscoere needs to be careful as he is already on a caution.
Jelavic comes on for Mirallas, but the replacement fails to make an immediate impact at the free-kick.
The Villans have suddenly come back to life with Benteke dull of running and chasing the long ball strongly.
GOAL! Wonderful play from Villa, Benteke nodding home with a super diving header after a great cross from the right by Matthew Lowton.
The break in play for the Toffees has some what slowed their play down, but Anichebe is finally back on the pitch.
Jelavic continues to warm-up as Anichebe now is attended to after landing awkwardly on his right ankle.
Good feet from Mirallas down the right touchline to hold onto the ball, but his pass forward for ANichebe is intercepted.
Villa struggling to get down inside Everton's half of the field as the hosts close ranks at the back.
Anichebe turns to shrug off his marker for a brief moment and then shoots, but only straight at Guzan.
Fellaini holds the ball up well and feeds Mirallas out on the right, but the ball into the area is easily cleared.
Baines feeds Osman in the area for the latter to try and weave his way through to the near post, but Clark sticks a boot in and pokes the ball into touch.
Through on goal down the middle, Andreas Weimann blasts his shot over the crossbar with only Howard to beat and time on his side.
Fellaini is back on the park, but moving gingerly, although he is one of those players who will be given the time to run the niggle off.
Nikica Jelavic stretches on the sidelines with one eye on the pitch as Fellain receives treatment behind the goal.
Guzan comes out bravely to punch the ball clear after Baines drops the ball into the box with a super free-kick.
Agbonlahor and Benteke both blown up for offsides within seconds of on another as they push up to eagerly. Meanwhile, Clark gives away free-kick in a good area after climbing all over Fellaini in the sir.
Everton will go into the break annoyed that they weren't able turn their lion's share of possession into at least an equalising goal.
Pienaar goes for goal, but he should've done better with his strike drifting off to the left of Guzan.
Anichebe making a nuisance of himself on the edge of the box, only he can't find an moment to take a shot on goal.
There's no relent for Villa as Everton looked to turn the screws before the half-time break, Baines' latest cross from the left forcing a hurriedly clearance by Clark.
Baines' free-kick form the left is directed for Anichebe out on the far left, but he goes to ground seemingly under duress but unseen by the touch official.
Baines and Pienaar, again combine well down the left, the former then whipping in a dangerous ball into the box, but the goalmouth is too congested and a stray boot hacks the ball out of bounds.
Everton camped inside Villa's half of the pitch, but Paul Lambert's men who still lead on the scoreboard.
It's all Everton at the moment as David Moyes' men hassle Villa in and around the box, Osman's shot on target blocked by the defensive demonstrating the pressure.
Anichebe holds the ball well to lay it off for Pienaar on the left, the midfielder's ball into the area just behind Fellaini, and then Mirallas who made his run too soon.
Fellaini holds the ball up strongly after a deep ball from the back, the Belgian then turning but losing the ball in the process.
Hustle and bustle from Villa sees them hack the ball up the park after another surge from the hosts.
Everton coming hard at Villa down the flanks, this time employing the left channel, but the visitors hold their defensive line.
Baines' delivery into the danger zone beats all his team-mates and the Villa defence breathe a sigh of relief.
Mirallas, again, clattered over by a overzealous tackle from Joe Bennett to hand the Toffees a good free-kick on the edge of the box from the right.
Kevin Mirallas this time is brought to the turf rather roughly inside the box by Ciaran Clark, but still no penalty for the home side.
Everton cry foul inside the area after Anichebe goes to ground chasing a ball, but Guzan smothers the ball and Jones waves play on.
And just like that, Villa are back in front and it's the Toffees who are having to play catch up once more.
GOAL! Howard has no chance as Agbonlahor's header beats him all ends up from Ashley Westwood's great pass from the right.
Benteke looked to be a couple of yards offsides, but the linesman's flag stayed down and he takes a shot from the right that edges wide of Howard.
The scores are level and the game's turned on it's head, Villa now having to push up more to reclaim their lead.
GOAL! The pressure inside the 18-yard box fro mAnichebe finally pays off, the big man holding the ball up well before turning sharply to finish in the right corner.
Everton throwing numbers forward with a ball into the box from the left for Anichebe keeping the Villa defence on their toes.
Agbonlahor and Benteke now hunting up front together, the Villa pair putting some pressure on Heitinga and Jagielka.
Pienaar with an effort on goal from the left, but the South African's low drive draws a fine stop from Guzan.
Benteke cries for support as a long ball forward for him to chase bounces kindly into Tim Howard's big palms.
Baines' effort from the deadball is too powerful and misdirected, the ball sailing well into the stands.
Villa giveaway a good free-kick from out in front for Everton with Leighton Baines lining the ball up for a crack.
Gibson's shot from range skids wide of the left upright as the Toffees look to bare down the Villans' goalmouth.
Heitinga's long ball up field for Anichebe is dealt with by Villa's back-line, but the Toffees are varying their attacking play down the flanks as well.
Leon Osman doing a good job squeezing off the dangerous Benteke as the Villa striker looked to create an opening for himself inside the box.
Anichebe with a good run towards the box from the right chasing a long ball, but Brad Guzan comes out to gather quickly.
Pienaar's free-kick into the box from just over the halfway line is just a touch too long for Sylvain Distin.
The Toffees holding on to the ball more now as they push up down the middle through Pienaar and Darren Gibson.
Everton challenge form the first corner-kick of the match, Fellaini's header at the near post going out for a another set-piece, but the second bite at the cherry for the hosts is weak.
Good ebb and flow to the match as play is taken from one of the pitch to the other as both side press in earnest.
Referee Mike Jones just having word with Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar after a bit of roughhousing on Victor Anichebe out on the left.
Great start from the visitors as they dominate possession, but the Toffees look to hit back immediately with Marouane Fellaini fancying a crack from out in front, his effort going wide to the left.
GOAL! Christian Benteke ghosts past John Heitinga and drills the ball into the bottom left corner from the right for the early opening.
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Aston Villa are rated at 15/2 to beat Everton today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 15/4 for the match to end in a draw. Marouane Fellaini is 4/1 to score first and 5/1 to secure a brace, with Christian Benteke 3/1 to find the back of the net for Villa.
Villa, meanwhile, have been woeful of late and cast further doubt over their top-flight status after their disappointing loss to Newcastle in midweek. The 2-1 defeat was the Midlanders' 12th of the season, moving them into the relegation zone and Paul Lambert, despite the constant backing from chairman from chairman Randy Lerner, is starting to feel the heat. One win in their last ten league games represents their worst run of the season and Lambert will be desperate for a win on Merseyside.
Following their 2-1 win over West Brom in midweek, the Toffees find themselves in fifth place on 41 points and will move into the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place with a win, coupled with a Tottenham loss or draw. David Moyes' side have lost just twice in their last ten league matches and will surely look to inflict more pain on the struggling Villans.