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TOPIC: Villa away, Sat 17th Jan, KO 1500 UK

Villa away, Sat 17th Jan, KO 1500 UK 2 years 3 months ago #257

Liverpool will be hoping to make it three away wins in a row when they travel to Villa Park on Saturday – 3pm kick off UK time – with Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side hoping to end a goal drought which was extended to four league games following their 0-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday. Ten points separate 10th placed Liverpool from Aston Villa in 13th, while our 1-0 victory over Sunderland combined with favourable results elsewhere means we have reduced the gap to 4th placed Manchester Utd to five points.

Liverpool_Aston_VillaAston Villa have recorded just five wins from their previous 21 league games, although one of those wins was the 1-0 victory at Anfield back in September, courtesy of Agbonlahor’s 9th minute strike. If Villa manage to claim maximum points on Saturday, it will be their first league double over the Reds since the 1992/93 season. Paul Lambert’s side have the best defensive record outside the top four having conceded 23 goals and have kept seven clean sheets. However it’s their inability to score goals that is the cause of their struggles, with 11 goals scored in 21 matches while they’ve failed to find the back of the next in 11 matches.

Liverpool won the corresponding fixture last season 1-0 thanks to a Daniel Sturridge strike, making it four wins from our last five visits to Villa Park. Paul Lambert has has a mixed record as an opposition manager against Liverpool. He’s lost all three matches against us as home team manager with Norwich City and Aston Villa but has won two and drawn two of his four visits to Anfield.

Following this fixture the Reds play Chelsea over two legs in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup with the winners facing either Tottenham or Sheffield Utd in the final. We also have a 4th round tie against Bolton Wanderers at Anfield in the FA Cup in-between those two games against Chelsea, before we end the month with a home match against West Ham in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s overall league record against Aston Villa:

Total – P: 179 W: 84 D: 40 L: 55 F: 312 A: 256 GD: +56
Home – P: 90 W: 54 D: 19 L: 17 F: 198 A: 99 GD: +99
Away – P: 89 W: 30 D: 21 L: 38 F: 114 A: 157 GD: -43

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

8th – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 3 D: 2 L: 1 F: 10 A: 8 Pts: 11
20th – Aston Villa: P: 6 W: 0 D: 3 L: 3 F: 1 A: 4 Pts: 6

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Aston Villa) and away (Liverpool):

16th – Aston Villa: P: 6 W: 1 D: 4 L: 1 F: 5 A: 5 Pts: 7
3rd – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 3 D: 0 L: 3 F: 6 A: 8 Pts: 9

Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Paul Lambert (all competitions):

Total – P: 7 W: 3 D: 2 L: 2 F: 10 A: 8 GD: +2
Home – P: 4 W: 0 D: 2 L: 2 F: 4 A: 7 GD: -3
Away – P: 3 W: 3 D: 0 L: 0 F: 6 A: 1 GD: +5

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: S Beck, M Scholes
Fourth Official: A D’Urso

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are missing Sturridge (thigh), Lallana (thigh), Jones (thigh), Johnson (groin), Allen (knee), Gerrard (hamstring), Flanagan (knee) and Toure (on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast).

Villa are missing Vlaar (knee), Senderos (calf) and Kozak (broken leg).

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Lovren, Sakho, Skrtel, Manquillo, Moreno, Enrique
Midfielders: Henderson (c), Lucas, Coutinho, Markovic, Can, Rossiter
Forwards: Sterling, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Aston Villa:

Goalkeepers: Guzan, Given, Siegrist
Defenders: Baker, Okore, Clark, Hutton, Cissokho, Lowton, Stevens
Midfielders: Bacuna, Cleverley, Cole, Westwood, Delph, Herd, Richardson, Sanchez, N’Zogbia
Forwards: Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke
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