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Premier League

  • May 22, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 42785

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Liverpool

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Liverpool

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

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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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Last Five Matches
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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
-Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
-Dirk KuytStriker
10Joe ColeMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
47Andre Wisdom Defender
22Danny WilsonDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
28Christian PoulsenMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
Players to Watch
Ashley Young
Ashley Young
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 2 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
0 0 0 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.
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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