Aston Villa vs Liverpool – FA Cup 3rd Round Preview: How to Watch TV, Live Stream & Team News
Aston Villa hosted defending Premier League champions Liverpool in the FA Cup third round at Villa Park on Friday night, looking to recreate their huge win from the start of the season.
Villa beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 7-2 in the Premier League and continued to maintain good form, banishing any idea of a relegation battle to sit eighth, just seven points behind the Reds – who are in the lead of the standings – with two matches in hand.
Liverpool lead the way on goal difference but have been indifferent in recent times, playing three consecutive league games without a win for the first time since 2018. They have also won just two of their nine Premier League games on the road ; an unfathomable record considering their unstoppable form last season.
Here is 90 minsoutline of the cut tie.
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When does the kick-off take place? Friday January 8
What time is the kick-off? 19:45 (GMT)
Where is it played? Villa Park
TV channel / live broadcast? BT Sport (UK)
Arbitrator? Craig pawson
Dean Smith has been pretty consistent with his Premier League team caps this season, but will likely use this game as a chance to rest some key players.
Emi Martinez, Matt Targett, John McGinn, Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins have all played every minute in the league this season and will likely retire. Ross Barkley is still not quite ready to start, although he could make the bench, while the likes of Marvelous Nakamba, Conor Hourihane, Jacob Ramsey and Ahmed Elmohamady could enter to start.
Liverpool have been able to accommodate several injured players but still lack a senior center-back as Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk remain unavailable. After the failed experience of moving Jordan Henderson to defense against Southampton, youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are vying for a starting place.
James Milner could replace left-back to give Andrew Robertson a rest, while Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi could enter the attack.
Aston Villa: Heaton; Elmohamady, Hause, Mings, Taylor; Ramsey, Nakamba, Hourihane; Traore, Davis, El Ghazi
Liverpool: Kelleher; N. Williams, Phillips, Fabinho, Milner; Thiago, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Shaqiri, Origi, Minamino
It will be a very competitive match between two teams looking to balance rest and progress to the next round. Aston Villa tasted a nationwide final last season when they were beaten by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, and that race seemed to inspire them to battle relegation.
Liverpool, meanwhile, don’t usually prioritize domestic cup competitions, and the match-up won’t serve as a particularly good motivation for Jurgen Klopp. However, the Reds need to come back to victory and the players entering the squad have a responsibility to get the club back on track.
The Reds’ away form has been shocking this season and Villa will get some encouragement from it, but can Klopp’s side really lose another on the road? Maybe not, which would lead to Villa’s sixth consecutive defeat in the FA Cup third round.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool