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Aston Villa - Liverpool Preview: Reds must better Tottenham's result to grab Europa League spot

Villans look for second victory under caretaker manager Gary McAllister as Kenny Dalglish's men seek to bounce back from damaging loss to Spurs

By Matt Monaghan

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Aston Villa (4-4-1-1):
Friedel; Walker, Dunne, Collins, L Young; Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Delph; A Young; Bent.
Caretaker boss Gary McAllister is expected to stick with the same team that beat Arsenal 2-1 last Sunday.

Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun is still suffering from a dead leg and is expected to miss out again.
Liverpool (4-4-2):
Reina; Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Johnson; Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas, Maxi; Suarez, Carroll.
Striker Andy Carroll is likely to start for Liverpool despite the problems caused by a long-standing knee injury.

A similar knock is likely to see Raul Meireles sidelined again after he missed the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.


  • If Liverpool do not better Spurs' result on Sunday, next season will be the first time the club hasn't played European football since 1999-2000.
  • Liverpool gained 25 points in 21 Premier League games under Roy Hodgson, while successor Kenny Dalglish has registered 33 points in just 16 games.
  • Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent, with nine, has scored more than a third of the club's 26 league goals since he joined in January.
  • Villa's maximum final league tally of 48 points would be their worst finish since 2005-06 when they finished 16th on 42 points.
  • In 179 meetings in all competitions, Liverpool have won 88, Villa have won 53, and 38 have been drawn.
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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
18Luke YoungDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
19James CollinsDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
33Andy MarshallGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
8Robert PiresMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
6Fabio AurelioDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
26Joe ColeMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
47Andre Wisdom Defender
22Danny WilsonDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
5Christian PoulsenMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
Players to Watch
Ashley Young
Ashley Young
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
18 2 4 0
If the rumour mill is to be believed, Villa midfielder Ashley Young could be playing against his next employers this weekend. The England international is winding down his contract and is expected to join Liverpool or Manchester United this summer.

If he can add to his league tally this term of seven goals and 10 assists he could unwittingly end his hope of European football next term if he later makes the switch to Anfield.
Jon Flanagan
Jon Flanagan
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 38
Games Goals YC RC
20 1 3 0
Mass changes are meant to be afoot this summer at Liverpool and John Flanagan will be out to convince Dalglish none are needed at right-back. The 18-year-old has fitted seamlessly into the first team but committed a clumsy challenge that persuaded referee Howard Webb - rightly or wrongly - to point to the spot in the crucial defeat to Spurs.

If the England under-19 call-up can keep senior stars Ashley Young and Stewart Downing quiet on Sunday his error will quickly be forgotten.
Probable Lineups
Brad Friedel 24
Luke Young 18
Richard Dunne 5
James Collins 19
Kyle Walker 2
Stewart Downing 19
Stilian Petrov 19
Ashley Young 18
Nigel Reo-Coker 20
Fabian Delph 16
Darren Bent 39
Pepe Reina 25
Fabio Aurelio 6
Jamie Carragher 23
Martin Skrtel 37
Jon Flanagan 38
Raúl Meireles 14
Dirk Kuyt 11
Joe Cole 26
Lucas Leiva 21
Jay Spearing 20
Luis Suárez 7
Liverpool still have everything to play for while Villa can't wait to end a season to forget. With the bit between their teeth, expect Dalglish's men to end with a flourish.
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