AVL vs LIV Dream11: Liverpool must still be smarting over the 1-7 mauling Aston Villa gave them in the Premier League earlier in the season. That defeat was the ominous signing for the reigning English champions that the defence of their title won't be straightforward. That the team in the league have got a whiff about them, to some extent. The Villains have got only better from that win and will be looking to win the 3rd-round FA Cup tie at the Villa Stadium on late Friday night (IST). Here is AVL vs LIV Dream 11 Match Prediction.
Fixture Name And Competition: Aston Villa vs Liverpool: FA Cup
Date & Time: 01:30 AM (IST), 9 January
Venue: Villa Stadium
Aston Villa: Despite the 1-2 defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United, the Villains are a team on the up. Dean Smith has done a marvellous job so far as his team remains in contention to qualify for Europe.
Liverpool: The Reds picked up only 2 points from nine available. To make matter worse, both Manchester Clubs clocked maximum return during that stretch, erasing all the advantage Liverpool had over them. Jurgen Klopp's team could do with a win here.
Head-to-head (last five meetings)
We all know what happened in the last game. Aston Villa turned around Liverpool at will, beating them 7-1 which was the worst defeat for a defending league champion in more than 60 years. But the Reds still boast an imperious head-to-head record against their fellow English rivals, winning 96 times and losing on 59 occasions.
Aston Villa Wins- 02
Liverpool Wins– 03
Last meeting: 7-1 home win for Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Live Streaming FA Cup: Sony Sports Network has official rights for FA Cup matches in India.
Aston Villa Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Striker Wesley remains out injured and won;'t feature here. In fact, Watkins' form and emergence have pushed Wesley down the pecking order.
In addition, Trezeguet is also nursing an injury and won't feature here, but on-loan attacking midfielder Ross Barkley should shrug off a knock to play against Liverpool.
Expected changes: Both teams are likely to ring in a few changes but expect Dean Smith to go with his some big names here still.
Tom Heaton is a good goalie and will be looking to prove a point ot two here. England international Tyron Mings is likely to marshal the troops at the back, with Hause his partner.
Former Everton man Ross Barkley is also set to be named in the starting line-up, with in-form player El-Gazi and Watkins, who scored the hattrick in the 7-1 rout of Liverpool, likely to lead the attack in AVL vs LIV Dream11 Team Prediction.
Aston Villa Starting XI (probables):
Liverpool Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Liverpool remains without centre-back trio Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Summer signing Diogo Jota has stepped up his recovery but is likely to return to the first-team squad in February, while Konstantinos Tsimikas and injury-prone Naby Keita are also out nursing injuries.
Expected changes: Caoimhin Kelleher has overtaken Adrian as Klopp's no-2 in the Liverpool team and the young Irishman will start in goal here.
Naco Williams and James Milner are likely to operate as wing-backs, with Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips as centre-backs.
Thiago could be given a start here as Klopp looks to build on his fitness. Curtis Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to start in the midfield alongside the former Bayern Munich superstar, while Minamino, Origi and Shaqiri are likely to lead the attack.
Liverpool Starting XI (probables):
GK: T Heaton
DEF: T Mings, R Williams, N Williams
MID: J Ramsey, R Barkley, X Shaqiri (VC), A O Chamberlain, J Milner
FW: E Ghazi (C), D Origi
AVL vs LIV Teams Captain options, Differential Picks
Anwar El-Ghazi: Along with superstar Jack Grealish and Watkins, El Ghazi is the most in-form player for Villa at the moment. He is a good captain option in Dream 11 prediction teams. Goals: 06
Xherdan Shaqiri: An enormously talented player whose career has been pulled back by too many injuries. But he is fit at the moment, and we all know how good he is.
Watch out for his through balls and dead-ball skills.
X-factors, differential picks
Bertrand Traore: He is indispensable at the moment. His ability to take on defenders and his tracking back makes him a no-nonsense option here.
AVL vs LIV Today Match Prediction Football Match
Bet 365 Odds
Aston Villa To Win: 3.30 Or 30.30% chance to win
Draw: 3.80 Or 26.32% chance to win
Liverpool to Win: 2.05 Or 48.78% chance to win
Aston Villa To Win: 3.10 Or 32.26% chance to win
Draw: 3.75 Or 26.67% chance to win
Liverpool to Win: 2.00 Or 50.00% chance to win
The last meeting shouldn't hold for anything here and both teams should start afresh. The betting market is giving Liverpool a 50% chance of winning this match, but Villa should be confident of getting a result here at home. As you can see, the Today Match Prediction odds above, the away team is being seen as a slight favourite to win this match. So choose your AVL vs LIV Dream11 Match Prediction teams wisely.
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