Aston Villa v Liverpool: match preview

Aston Villa have continued their excellent form post lockdown and look a different team than the one that almost exited the league. John McGinn and Jack Grealish were sublime as Dean Smith’s side demolished Fulham so a hard-fought battle like last season’s narrow defeat against Liverpool should be on the cards. Jürgen Klopp’s side have started with similar venom but, agonisingly for the rest of the league, still appear to not yet be in top gear. Smith’s revolutionised defence is in for a serious test to stop Liverpool racking up a fourth win in four. Graham Searles

Sunday 7.15pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Villa Park

Last season Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2

Referee Martin Atkinson

This season G3 Y5 R0 1.66 cards/game

Odds H 9-1 A 4-11 D 5-1


Subs from Kalinic, Steer, Taylor, Lansbury, Traoré, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Jota, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Hause, Davis, Ramsey, Chrisene, Barkley

Doubtful Hause (match fitness)

Injured Engels (hamstring, 17 Oct), Heaton (knee, 17 Oct), Wesley (knee, Jan), Nyland (back, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y6 R0

Form WW

Leading scorers Grealish, Hourihane, Konsa, Mings 1


Subs from Adrián, Kelleher, N Williams, R Williams, Koumetio, Milner, Grujic, Jones, Shaqiri, Wilson, Elliott, Minamino, Origi, Henderson

Doubtful Henderson (thigh)

Injured Matip (unknown, 17 Oct), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee, 17 Oct), Thiago (Covid-19, 17 Oct), Tsimikas (thigh, 17 Oct), Mané (Covid-19, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y3 R0

Form WWW

Leading scorers Mané, Salah 3


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