Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction comes before the next EFL Cup round. This game will be played on Tuesday, December 17, at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. In this match preview, we bring you betting tips and correct score predictions based on the analysis of these two teams.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Betting Tips
The odds are dropping on Aston Villa, making the Villans huge favorites against the Reds. Sounds strange? It’s because Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp and his first-team are in Doha at the moment, not in Birmingham. The capital of Qatar is where Liverpool will take part in the FIFA Club World Cup 2019.
The “real” Liverpool, with Salah, Mane, and the rest, are playing Monterrey in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup on Wednesday evening. The “makeshift” Liverpool with reserves and U23 players are playing Aston Villa in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Tuesday evening.
The fact that Klopp has brought his key player with him to Qatar shows which competition this club prefers. Of course, this doesn’t mean Liverpool won’t try to do well in the cup as well. Doing well in this match would bring the spotlight to some of Liverpool’s players who haven’t been featured too much so far.
The same goes for Liverpool U23 manager Neil Critchley, who is deputized as Klopp’s replacement in the match with Aston Villa. By getting the team to the semi-final stage of the competition, Critchley would probably become more famous in footballing circles than he was before, which could pave his way to a successful career in the future.
Obviously, the Reds won’t be lacking any motivation in this game, but the quality is definitely on the side of Aston Villa, even though this team hasn’t been playing that well lately. In fact, Aston Villa are coming into this game after three straight Premier League defeats. Winning on Tuesday evening could perhaps help them snap out of the losing streak.
That’s exactly what they need ahead of the Holiday season, during which they have a good chance to collect a large number of points in the league, as they’re playing several teams from near the bottom of the table, including Southampton, Norwich, Watford, and Burnley.
What’s got to worry them is the fitness of some of their players, including their best defender Tyrone Mings. Still, even without him, the Villans look capable of beating Liverpool’s EFL Cup squad.
Our Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction: Aston Villa
Aston Villa vs Liverpool correct score prediction: 3:1
Aston Villa Form and Latest News
The injury of Mings is Aston Villa’s biggest worry at the moment. Other first-team players seem fit and ready to face Liverpool, as well as all those other teams in the Premier League. Speaking of the devil, Aston Villa did lose their previous three matches, but they weren’t extremely bad in those games, which is proven by the fact that they scored a goal in each of those.
Liverpool Form and Latest News
Liverpool’s regular squad has been in a brilliant run lately, but is the same the case with the squad they’re using for the EFL Cup? Well, the last match this team played was against MK Dons in the Round of 16 of the EFL Cup, which they won 2:0. They’re now faced with a much tough challenge. Unlike MK Dons who are playing in the English third tier, Aston Villa are a Premier League team.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Predicted Lineups
Aston Villa predicted lineup: Heaton – Engels, Konsa, Targett, Elmohamady – Nakamba, Grealish, McGinn, Jota, El-Chazi – Wesley
Liverpool predicted lineup: Kelleher – van den Berg, Hoever, Gallacher, Chirivella – Longstaff, Lewis, Clarkson, Dizon-Bonner – O’Rourke
Other Aston Villa vs Liverpool betting tips:
Over 2.5 goals @1.33
Aston Villa -1.5 (Asian Handicap) @1.65
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