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April 7, 2012 7:30 PM IST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 44321‎
82′ Luis Suárez
Chris Herd 10′

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

By Shane Farrington

EPL: Steven Gerrard, Liverpool v Wigan Athletic



Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Henderson, Gerrard, Downing
Kuyt, Carroll, Suarez
Aston Villa

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).

  • 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 21st when they beat Wolves 3-2 at Molineux.

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