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Aston Villa vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

Aston Villa vs Liverpool
England – FA Cup
Date: Friday, 8 January 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park.

A place in the FA Cup last 32 will be at stake when Aston Villa and Liverpool face each other at Villa Park.

The Villans aim to bounce back from the Premier League defeat to Manchester United, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Liverpool.

The good news for the hosts is that influential midfielder Ross Barkley should recover in time to face the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s troops, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team failing to win the previous three league fixtures.

Liverpool are eager to return to winning ways as well, and seeing that they are still hit by injuries at the back, both teams to score betting option should be considered.

The likes of Matip, Van Dijk, Keita, Gomez, and Jota remain in the recovery room for the visitors. Xherdan Shaqiri is pushing for a start.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Aston Villa Liverpool played so far 40 matches.
Aston Villa won 8 direct matches. Liverpool won 22 matches. 10 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.83 goals per Match.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool Prediction

Aston Villa in actual season average scored 1.89 goals per match. In 5 (55.56%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (55.56%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool average scored 2.36 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (80.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (46.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Villa will again be without the services of Wesley and Trezeguet through injury, but Ross Barkley has overcome a thigh problem and should be in the starting XI on Friday night.

Smith is expected to name a relatively strong side, but the head coach will have more than one eye on next week's Premier League clash with Tottenham, meaning that there will be a number of alterations.

Jacob Ramsey, Tom Heaton, Conor Hourihane, Marvelous Nakamba, Neil Taylor and Kortney Hause could all come into the side, but Ollie Watkins is again expected to lead the attack ahead of Keinan Davis.

As for Liverpool, Klopp is expected to make wholesale changes from the clash with Southampton, meaning that a new goalkeeper and new back four, potentially including James Milner, should take to the field.

Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could both keep their spots following spells on the sidelines, though, with Klopp likely to be keen to get minutes in their legs at this stage of the season.

Curtis Jones should also come into the starting side, while there could be three changes in attack with Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino all in line for starts at Villa Park.

Konstantinos Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are all still injured for the Reds.

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Heaton; Guilbert, Mings, Hause, Taylor; Hourihane, Nakamba; Barkley, Ramsey, El Ghazi; Watkins

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Kelleher; N Williams, R Williams, Phillips, Milner; Jones, Thiago; Oxlade-Chamberlain; Minamino, Origi, Shaqiri