Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(67) 43 Goals 30 (47)
(46) 25 Assists 19 (32)
(6.8) 7 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
28 Average Age 24.8
180.6 Average Height (cm) 181.9
(1.4) 1.5 Shots pg 0.9 (0.8)
(52%) 55% Aerial Duel Success 55% (51%)
(0.9) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.5)
(1.9) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Fabio Borini Out 6.34
Martin Kelly Out 6.46
José Enrique Doubtful 6.97
Nuri Sahin Doubtful 6.79
Player Reason Status Rating
Stilian Petrov Out N/A
Richard Dunne Out N/A
Enda Stevens Out 6.47
Gary Gardner Out 6.04
Joe Bennett Out 6.6
Ron Vlaar Doubtful 7
Darren Bent Doubtful 6.49

Team News

  • Luis Suarez returns from suspension and will start up front ahead of Jonjo Shelvey, who will hope he can keep his place in the side and move back into the midfield.
  • Nuri Sahin remains a doubt with a facial injury, while Jose Enrique also has a slight hamstring problem but should be in contention.
  • If the Spaniard cannot recover in time Joe Cole will hope for a chance to build on his goal from last weekend against former club West Ham with Downing potentially moving to left back.
  • The severity of a hamstring injury picked up by Darren Bent is unknown as of yet but he is likely to be out for the Christmas period having only returning to the side in the midweek cup victory over Norwich.
  • Bent's replacement on the night Andreas Weimann netted twice to ensure Lambert's side's progression to the semi-finals and is likely to be rewarded in kind, keeping Gabby Agbonlahor out of the side.
  • Elsewhere captain Ron Vlaar is still a doubt but could be in contention, while an impressive display from Fabian Delph in midweek could see him start ahead of Barry Bannan in midfield.

Prediction

  • Liverpool have won 3 consecutive games for the first time this season but will face a Villa side also high in confidence having gone unbeaten in 5 and progressed to the semi-finals of the cup after an impressive win at Norwich.
  • When Villa make the trip to Anfield there are usually goals so we can expect an entertaining game this weekend, with an average of 3.7 goals scored between the sides in their last 6 encounters on Merseyside.
  • The return of Suarez should also assure goals for the hosts against an inexperienced backline and the Uruguayan may well be the difference between the sides this weekend.
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Comments (5)

 
  • better start without Suarez....

  • lambert keeps owning rodgers

  • as someone who finds humor in the awfulness of liverpool. this makes me happy. however, i think brandan rodgers is taking them in the right direction and once he has the team in place that suits his coaching style they will be top 4 once again

  • can't take it anymore. no more bet on liverpool

  • holy molly...liverpool sucks so bad...they made me lose 2 bets!!!

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