The Reds’ hope to stay longer in Champions League this season is about to dash. Thus, finishing on the top four would be their prime target this season. This weekend, they are aiming for another three points while taking on Aston Villa. The Villans are sitting on the ninth and also eyeing for Europa League slot next season. It will be quite a tricky match for both sides, especially considering how many games Jurgen Klopp’s men have lots at home this season.
The teams’ previous games
Liverpool failed to show their good form while travelling to Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, Madrid. They were smashed 1-3 by the home side. The Brasilian youngster, Vinicius Junior bagged a brace plus Marco Asencio’s tap into the back of the net after taking advantage of Trent Alexander Arnold’s blunder. Mo Salah’s away goal only gave them a slight chance to overturn in Anfield later.
Their counterpart, Aston Villa managed to seal a win while hosting Fulham last weekend as they trashed them 3-1. After conceding first by Alexander Mitrovic, Dean Smith’s men replied by Trezeguet’s brace before Ollie Watkins tucked away the ball into the empty net.
Jurgen Klopp’s dark days needs to be over soon considering the tough fixtures ahead. The German boss might need to rest some key players for the decisive game against Los Blancos next week. He really is in need of considering deploying 4-3-2-1 to build more solid defense, especially against the counter attack which has been their flaw in Madrid. Curtis Jones will be occupying the midfielder role alongside Thiago and James Milner while Xerdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain or Firmino could feature behind Diogo Jota.
Dean Smith is still likely to opt for his preference 4-2-3-1 formation. Unfortunately, Jack Grealish suffers another injury last weekend, which would push him to the sideline again along with Kortney Hause. Ollie Watkins is still the main man upfront with John McGinn pushed slightly forward accompanied by Trezeguet or Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore.
Players to watch
The Portuguese international Diogo Jota is the one Liverpool relies on more for scoring. He has netted eight times in Premier League this season. Another key man to watch here is the former Bayern man Thiago Alcantara.
With such key men on the sideline, Ollie Watkins will be one of vital figures left in their attacking line. He has scored eleven goals and provided three assists this season. Another possible notable name to watch is the winger Betrand Traore. The Burkina Faso international forward has bagged five goals and made four assists.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Prediction
Ideally, the Reds are expected to come out as a winner here. Yet, with the possibility of resting their key men for the second leg of Champions League in the midweek, plus John McGinn and Co’s potential to snatch a point here, the match is more plausible to end by sharing spoils.
This clash will be tight, according to the punters. The home side is backed to win at 7/12, whereas Dean Smith’s men’s win market is at 28/5. The odds for the draw result are the highest at 7/2.