Liverpool v Aston Villa
Premier League, 2015-16
Date: Saturday, 26 September, 2015
Time: 15:00 BST
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
After a string of poor performances in all competitions, Liverpool managed to get a victory that too by a whisker. Debutant Adam Bogdan made a mistake, which allowed Carlisle United to come back in the Capital One Cup third round clash.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw and the scoreline was unchanged even after the extra time. This forced the match to be decided on penalty shootout. It was Bogdan again who managed to turn things around.
The Hungary international, who made a mistake earlier in the game and was the hero in the end. The 27-year-old saved three out of the five penalties to send Liverpool through to the fourth round of the competition.
That victory also helped Brendan Rodgers end a five match winless streak. It should relieve pressure of the former Swansea manager’s shoulders as he looks to win the next two matches at home, starting against Villa.
Villa also progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup after a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City. It will be for the first time striker Christian Benteke could feature against his former club, if he is declared fit. However, reports suggest the Belgium international could be out of action for the clash against his former club.
Rodgers and Liverpool will be looking for nothing less than a win as they search for their third league win this season.
Liverpool v Aston Villa: Team News
Reds will be without the services of their skipper Jordan Henderson, meaning James Milner has to play the role of the leader alone in the centre of the park. Benteke remains doubtful with a hamstring injury. Jon Flanagan remains another long-term absentee for Liverpool.
Defender Jores Okore could return to action against Liverpool as he is recovering from knee injury. There are no new injury worries for Tim Sherwood for the upcoming fixture against the Merseyside club.
Liverpool v Aston Villa: Possible Lineups
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Milner, Lucas, Can; Coutinho, Ings, Lallana
Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Lescott, Amvai; Westwood, Sanchez; Gil, Grealish, Sinclairl Agbonlahor
Liverpool v Aston Villa Match Facts:
- The last eight meetings between these two teams have seen none of the home team win the clash. This could be a matter or worry for Liverpool manager Rodgers.
- Liverpool have won 24 Premier League matches against Aston Villa so far.
Predict this weekend’s results with Football Pools
Stalemates are the aim of the game in The Football Pools, specifically score draws. Every weekend, 49 top fixtures are selected, and all you have to do is pick ten that you reckon will end in a score draw.
Tens of thousands of pounds are up for grabs, and if you hit eight score draws from your ten, you’re guaranteed a big cash payout! A recent winner pocketed over £90,000, and all he did was pick out those score draws!
So much cash to win, and so little effort. And it costs just £1 to play! Plus, if you choose to play by direct debit, The Football Pools will give you your first four games for free!
So, if you think things will be a little too cagey this weekend, make sure you set up a safety net with The Football Pools. If its a dour weekend chock full of draws, you’ll still have a smile on your face!