Preview: Aston Villa vs Liverpool – Predictions, Team News, Lineups

Sports Mole reviews Monday’s Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

It aims to extend the Premier League’s winning streak to three matches under Unai EmeryAnd the Aston Villa Resume first class homework duties for Liverpool On Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, the Reds have already returned to competitive play since the World Cup break, as their EFL Cup defense ended with a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the fourth round.

Match preview

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There will be no meeting with Liverpool Steven Gerrard On Boxing Day, but the Unai Emery era took off in a positive way, and the Lions are set to record their third victory from three matches under the leadership of the former Arsenal and Villarreal coach, after beating Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion last month.

Defeat by the Red Devils in the League Cup is a paltry blot on the Spaniard’s notebook, but back-to-back successes in the top flight have allowed Aston Villa to rise to 12th in the table – five points off the bottom three and just one distance away. From a possible location in the upper half.

With Emery still dominating his new group of players, it wasn’t surprising to see Villa feature in a total of four friendlies over the course of the World Cup, although they’ve only managed one win in that sequence – they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the present day. Home soil on December 11th.

Elsewhere, the Lions were held to a 2-2 draw with Brighton on both sides of defeats to Cardiff City and Emre’s former employers Villarreal, and the Spaniard is now aiming to make history as the first-ever Aston Villa manager to win each of his first three matches. Official league matches.

Only two of the hosts’ last nine Premier League matches at Villa Park have ended in defeat, with the Lions winning three of their last four Premier League matches at home, but Liverpool have already regained their taste for goals on their return to competitive football.

A photo of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on December 22, 2022© Reuters

Rarely does a weekend in the Premier League go by without some VAR trouble from the managers, however Jurgen Klopp He took a different approach and bemoaned the lack of technology as the UEFA Cup champions crashed out of the 2022-23 tournament in the fourth round.

Fabio Carvalho And the Mohamed Salah They both made the net ripple for Liverpool, but their strikes had been inconsequential before Erling Braut HaalandAnd the Riyad Mahrez And the Nathan Ack Before Klopp questioned the absence of VAR, highlighting early opportunities to change momentum as the offside flag had not been raised.

While the result was a shame for Klopp and company, the neutrals enjoyed a great spectacle between two heavyweights whose strengths were unscathed by the World Cup break, but Liverpool’s four-game win in competitive fixtures has now come to an abrupt end.

The Reds, who lost to Lyon before beating AC Milan in the Dubai Super Cup, will spend Christmas Day in sixth place after a turbulent start to the proceedings – seven points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand – and win over Lily White. November 6 marks their only away win in the Premier League from their last six attempts.

Each of Aston Villa’s last four encounters with Liverpool have ended in defeat for the hosts, who still have that 7-2 thrashing from October 2020 to show off, but the Reds have otherwise won 15 Premier League games at Villa. garden.

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Team news

Lionel Messi, Emiliano Martinez and Kylian Mbappe posed with their individual award at the World Cup on December 18, 2022© Reuters

The controversial Emiliano Martinez He recently became a World Cup champion with Argentina and won’t be available here, but the goalkeeper will receive a pep talk from Emery after the constant mockery of Kylian Mbappe in albicelesti ceremonies.

Robin Olsen – assuming he can overcome a minor unspecified problem – he will deputize for Villa, who remain without absentees for a long time Diego CarlosAnd the Jacob Ramsey It will take two weeks to recover from a hip problem.

Former Reds striker Philippe Coutinho Touch and go with a groin injury but wasn’t likely to start against his former club, though Danny IngsA brace against Brighton will benefit his chances of lining up against his former employers.

Likewise, Liverpool does not have its representative at the World Cup in France Ibrahima KonateWho won’t return to training until December 27th however Virgil Van Dyke He should come back at the right time in central defence.

On a more negative note, injuries to Klopp’s squad are piling up again James Milner (hamstrings) f Roberto Firmino (Calf) will miss the next two games, join Curtis JonesAnd the ArthurAnd the Luis Diaz And the Diogo Jota on the treatment table. Trent Alexander Arnold He should be fine after the illness.

Allison Becker He will also return in goal for the Premier League Cup specialist Kevin KeelerWhile Darwin Nunez You’ll get a second bite of the cherry after wasting so many chances in the union.

Possible line-up for Aston Villa:
Olsen. cash, prom, mings, worthy; McGinn, Camera, Lewis; Buendia, Ingiz, Bailey

Possible Liverpool lineup:
Allison. Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Wrong, Nunez, Carvalho

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We say: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

It could be argued that Liverpool were fortunate not to be blown away in the first half against Manchester City, but their goal threat is still well and real, even if Nunez avoids aiming at the Etihad like the plague.

With second-choice goalkeeper Olsen not in full fitness, the Lions still have the tools to hurt Liverpool could come a short while, especially with Villa Park having been so kind to the Reds since the start of the Premier League.

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