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Aston Villa vs Liverpool – Premier League Match Preview

Aston Villa can confirm their place in the Champions League for next season with a win over Liverpool on Monday night.

Unai Emery’s side are almost there after a season that has exceeded all expectations, though a recent downturn in form has increased nerves in the race for the top four.

Here is everything you need to know about Monday’s clash at Villa Park.

Form

Aston Villa: WDLLL

Aston Villa appear to be running out of steam across the run-in, with the challenge of competing for the top four and in Europe having taken a toll on Unai Emery’s squad. Villa, however, have a four-point cushion over Spurs in the race for Champions League football heading into their penultimate fixture of the Premier League campaign.

One more win will be enough to secure Villa a place in Europe’s elite for the first time since 1983 and for the first time in the Champions League era, while fourth would represent the club’s highest top-flight league finish since 1995/96.

Emery will need his team to bounce back from a run of three consecutive defeats, that includes a disappointing Europa Conference League exit to Olympiacos. Beaten in both legs of the semi-final, The Villans missed the chance to reach the decider and potentially end a 28-year wait for silverware.

Ollie Watkins needs one more goal to reach 20 in the Premier League for the first time and has a fine record against Liverpool, with five goals in seven appearances against the Reds.

 

Liverpool: WWLDW

Liverpool have little to play for over the final two fixtures with the Reds confirmed in third-place. The motivation will be to ensure the Jurgen Klopp era ends on a high and the trip to Aston Villa will be the German’s final away fixture in charge of the club.

Liverpool bounced back from a disappointing run of form to beat Tottenham 4-2 last time out, a result that boosted Aston Villa’s hopes of a top-four finish. Harvey Elliott starred in that win in an audition for more regular football. The 21-year-old has started only nine times in the Premier League this season, though has returned seven goals and assists at an average of one every 169 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp boasts the advantage in his head-to-head record against Unai Emery and hasn’t been beaten by a side coached by the Spaniard since the 2016 Europa League final, when Liverpool lost to Sevilla in his debut campaign at Anfield.

Last Meeting

Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa, Premier League, 03/09/2023

Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with a comfortable win over Aston Villa at Anfield in September. Dominik Szoboszlai opened the scoring with his first Liverpool goal on three minutes, as the Hungarian hit a lovely drive through a crowded penalty box.

The lead was doubled when Darwin Nunez’s effort came off the post and went in off Matty Cash for an own goal, before Nunez was involved again to set up Mohamed Salah for the third after the break.

Liverpool have won six and drawn one of the last seven meetings between the teams, with their last defeat in this fixture the famous 7-2 win for Aston Villa in October 2020.

Predicted Lineups

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; Bailey, McGinn, Luiz, Diaby; Watkins.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Mac Allister, Elliott; Salah, Diaz, Gakpo.

Who is the referee?

Simon Hooper.

What channel is Aston Villa v Liverpool on?

UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

What time is kick off?

20:00 BST, Monday 13th May 2024.

Odds

Aston Villa – 14/5

Draw – 15/4

Liverpool – 8/11

Read – Premier League Team of the Week for Matchday 37

See more – Premier League Awards: Voracious Gvardiol, Old Trafford waterfall, Merson’s promise

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