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  • 7 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Liverpool - Aston Villa Preview: Hosts out to improve after losing six of their last seven Premier League matches

Kenny Dalglish’s team are in danger of dropping out of the top 10 following a poor run of results and need a win against a Midlands outfit eager to avoid a relegation scrap


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Doni
Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Henderson, Gerrard, Downing
Kuyt, Carroll, Suarez
ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Lichaj, Collins, Warnock
Gardner, Ireland, Bannan
Albrighton, Heskey, Agbonlahor


Former Roma man Alexander Doni is likely to get the nod over Brad Jones in goal for the Reds with Jose Reina serving the first game of his three game ban following his dismissal against Newcastle United last weekend.

This is unlikely to be the last of the changes with Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing likely to drop to the bench in favour of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. Dirk Kuyt could also get a chance to impress in place of Craig Bellamy

Defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger might make the bench with the possibility of starting their upcoming midweek Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers.

The visitors could make a couple of changes from the side that lost 4-2 at home to Chelsea. Marc Albrighton impressed coming off the bench and may well get a start. Emile Heskey could also get a start against his former club as Villa look for a more experience away from home.

Alan Hutton could recover from injury in time to start the match. Elsewhere a number of key players remain sidelined including Richard Dunne (fractured collarbone), Darren Bent (ankle ligaments) and Ciaran Clark (knee).


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool have only managed to win just two of their last 11 Premier League matches: 3-0 wins against both Wolves and Everton.
  • Liverpool have struggled to win their home matches in the league so far this season, managing just five wins from 15 matches.
  • Kenny Dalglish’s side took all three points from the reverse fixture earlier in the season. A goal apiece from Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel saw the Reds secure a 2-0 victory on December 18.
  • Alex McLeish’s side have scored just four times in the last six league matches, the lowest of all the sides in the Premier League.
  • The Villans have won just one of their last eight Premier League games, leaving them just five points above the relegation zone.
  • Aston Villa's last away win came back in January 21 when they beat Wolves 3-2 at Molineux.

Players to watch

L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The South American has arguably been Liverpool’s best player in recent weeks. Equally adept at playing on his own up front as he is with as a second striker, he possesses the ability to create a chance out of nothing. At times his finishing can be a little erratic but a couple of goals could spark a flurry. Along with Jose Enrique, Suarez is probably the only signing to arrive at the club since Dalglish took over again who has performed consistently, and if he manages to get going Liverpool they could well still finish the season strongly.
The South American has arguably been Liverpool’s best player in recent weeks.

G. Agbonlahor

Position: Attacker

Games: 11

  • 3
  • 3
  • 0
The pacey forward has struggled to find the back of the net this season with just five goals from 26 Premier League starts; a player with his talent and ability probably should be closer to the double figure mark. This week saw him officially named as Villa’s new captain and he will be looking to help his side secure their top-flight status. Liverpool have struggled at the back in recent weeks and with Reina missing out through suspension a lively performance could cause the home side some problems.

Editor's Prediction

A lot could depend on how Doni reacts in his league debut. The Reds have struggled to get wins at Anfield and Villa will be keen to get something from the game to avoid getting dragged into a relegation scrap. Liverpool lost their last home league game 2-1 to Wigan and could well end up dropping more points.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Aston Villa

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
72%
19%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Aston Villa FC AST
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Aston Villa FC AST
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Aston Villa FC AST

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