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The wait is almost over for the FA Cup action on Friday when Aston Villa play Liverpool.
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Aston Villa will be hoping for a better result after the 2-1 Premier League defeat in their last game at the hands of Manchester United.
In that game, Aston Villa managed 51% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Aston Villa was Bertrand Traoré (58'). Manchester United had 19 shots on goal with 9 of them on target. Anthony Martial (40') and Bruno Fernandes (61') scored for Manchester United.
Their most recent results really do illustrate the point that it has been a great time for the Aston Villa rearguard. The Villans have been mean at the back, resulting in the tally of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their past six matches standing at 3.
Since a loss in their previous game against Southampton in Premier League competition, Liverpool and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Liverpool had 67% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. Southampton had 7 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Danny Ings (2') was the scorer for Southampton.
A succession of outstanding performances by the Liverpool defensive unit has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their last 6 outings overall. In that time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 11. That being said, it remains to be seen whether the trend will be sustained here in this game or not.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head clashes going back to 26/09/2015 tells us that Aston Villa have won 2 of them and Liverpool 4, with the tally of draws standing at 0.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 30 in all at an average of 5 goals per match.
The previous league clash between the two was Premier League match day 4 on 04/10/2020 and the score finished Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool.
In that game, Aston Villa had 30% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 11 on target. The goals were scored by Ollie Watkins (4', 22', 39'), John McGinn (35'), Ross Barkley (55') and Jack Grealish (66', 75').
For their opponents, Liverpool had 14 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. Mohamed Salah (33', 60') scored.
The referee was Martin Atkinson.
Team News: Aston Villa
Regarding absentees, there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Aston Villa manager Dean Smith to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy squad. Ross Barkley (Hamstring Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Liverpool
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has some current player fitness concerns. Diogo Jota (Bruised Knee), Konstantinos Tsimikas (Knee Injury), Virgil van Dijk (Ruptured cruciate ligament) and Joe Gomez (Patella problems) are not able to play.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Aston Villa are likely to put a goal past this Liverpool lineup, although one goal is unlikely to be enough to give them the result that they want.
We’ve gone for a very close game with a 1-2 advantage for Liverpool at full-time. Could easily go either way, this.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Villa Park (42,095)
Captain: Jack Grealish
Chairman: Nassef Sawiris
Manager: Dean Smith
Competitions: Premier League position 7, FA Cup (Third Round)
🔑 Star Man: Ollie Watkins
Mostly played in the Striker position, Ollie Watkins was born in Newton Abbot, England. Having made his senior debut playing for Exeter City in the 2013 - 2014 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed to score 6 league goals in this Premier League 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 15 appearances.