Match Preview: Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Date & time: November 01st 2019, 15:00
Where: Villa Park
Is it on: No
Ref: Jonathan Moss
So we have that strange of strangest occurrences tomorrow, as we have a 3pm kick-off that isn't on TV.. anywhere.
Liverpool will travel to Villa Park for our first normal start of the season, and we'll play before Man City, meaning it's another opportunity to maintain our lead over the league holders.
City, meanwhile, will take on Southampton at the Etihad at the same time in what is sure to be an interesting turn of events, will both sides kicking off at the same time for the first time this season.
Both sides for into the match tomorrow at Villa Park in great form, with the home side taking three wins and a draw from their last 5, with the only defeat coming against Man City. And even then it was hard-earned win for the champions.
Liverpool are going to have their work cut out for them to get a result tomorrow, make no mistake, and it will not be an easy match.
Injuries & Suspension
The only obvious misses for us against Dean Smith's team are Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri, with neither being expected back until the end of the month.
There has been little in the way of an update around the condition of Naby Keita, so it is not clear as yet as to whether he will be in the squad at all. Whilst Mo Salah will be fit.
For Villa only Keinan Davis is out, with Jack Grealish expected to be available, so Smith has a full squad to pick from more-or-less.
Last 5 games:
Aston Villa (all comps): D-W-W-L-W
Liverpool (all comps): W-D-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
The biggest concern for the Reds tomorrow is whether or not to risk playing Fabinho, with the midfield linchpin on the verge of a one-match suspension.
Fabinho is a yellow card away from a ban and with Man City our next domestic fixture, even Jurgen Klopp admitted today that he was not sure whether he'd be risked.
With that in mind, we may well see a return to midfield for James Milner. Either that, or Klopp may opt to start Lallana or Oxlade-Chamberlain in his stead.
Starting line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah and Firmino.