Liverpool travel to Aston Villa on Friday at 7:45pm (UK time) for an FA Cup third-round clash.
The Reds are suffering a blip in form after taking just two points from their last three games, only managing a solitary goal in the process. Villa, winless in two themselves but looking up the Premier League table rather than down, may have seen this as a great chance to go deep into the FA Cup. However, Dean Smith has been forced to name what is effectively the youth team.
Aston Villa XI: Onodi; Bridge, Revan, Walker, Rowe, Chrisene, Barry, Kesler, Sylla, Raikhy, Bogarde
Liverpool XI: Kelleher; N. Williams, R. Williams, Fabinho, Milner; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones; Mane, Minamino, Salah
Where to watch Aston Villa vs Liverpool on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool build-up & previous line-ups:
Villa fell 2-1 at the hands of Man Utd last time out but put in another impressive performance at Old Trafford, proving exactly why they cannot be discounted from the battle for European qualification. Attention now turns to the FA Cup and you’d forgive Villa fans for feeling bullish about their chances against Liverpool given that Dean Smith’s men thrashed the Reds 7-2 in their last meeting.
Despite still topping the table on goal difference, Liverpool have played a game more than nearest rivals Man Utd and the problems are starting to pile up for Jurgen Klopp, whose centre-backs are dropping like flies. Moreover, the Reds have taken just two points from their last three games, drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with West Brom and Newcastle respectively before falling to a 1-0 defeat away at Southampton. The fact that Liverpool’s fearsome front three have gone off the boil will only intensify Klopp’s headache. Can he turn to the FA Cup for some solace?
- Aston Villa (vs Man Utd): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.
- Liverpool (vs Southampton): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
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