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  • May 22, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: L. Probert
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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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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.

Players to watch

A. Young

Position: Midfielder

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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.

J. Flanagan

Position: Defender

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Liverpool

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
0 - 9
Liverpool FC LIV
Aston Villa FC AST
1 - 3
Liverpool FC LIV
Aston Villa FC AST
0 - 2
Liverpool FC LIV

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