Aston Villa will make the trip to newly crowned Premier League Champions to take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
It really is amazing how your feelings towards football can change in such a short space of time. I am sure I am not alone when I say that I couldn’t wait for football to return, even if it isn’t quite as we know it. Fast forward four games and two points from a possible twelve and all of a sudden the idea of voiding the Premier League didn’t seem such a bad one after all.
Villa’s tactical approach has gone full circle from guaranteed goals weather that be scoring or conceding to boring negative football. It’s not quite what was on the tin when Dean Smith took over, is it?
Smith will hope that he catches Liverpool on an off day although I think our luck may be out on that one after they were thrashed by Manchester City on Thursday night. Klopp won’t accept that, even if they are already claimed Champions and I fear the worse if I am being honest.
Matt Targett looks set to miss out with a thigh injury. Smith has stated that it isn’t as bad as reported in the media and the former Southampton man could return for our game against Crystal Palace. Some fans have questioned his mentality as he seems to be conveniently injured against tough opponents.
Bjorn Engels is still missing with an Achilles injury but Freddy Guilbert could return after a knee injury. Henri Lansbury is also back in training and could feature in some capacity.
Liverpool will be without Joel Matip who has been ruled out for the remainder of this season with an ankle injury. Dejan Lovren and Xherdan Shaqiri will be assessed.
It is hard to see too many changes as Smith seems to be impressed with what we are seeing, even if we aren’t. It will be interesting to see what excuse he has after this one after his players have had a longer time to prepare for this game than their opponents.
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My choice this week is John McGinn. I thought he looked closer to himself when he was introduced off the bench in the defeat against Wolves last week. Despite missing a big chunk of the season, the Scot still has the fifth highest points tally from a Villa player in FLP this season with 69.
McGinn is also a bargain at £5.3M and with only 2.9% of teams having him in their squad at the moment, he could just prove a clever selection.
For Liverpool, I am going to go with Bobby Firmino. He hasn’t scored any goals at Anfield though, I hear you say but Villa are in town and every player with a statistic like this seems to break it against us.
The Brazilian has 136 points to date and is in 11.6% of teams in FPL. Just like McGinn, he may prove to be a decent acquisition away from the obvious choices.
I hate to do this but it is so hard to look past anything but a home win here. I hope I am completely wrong but I just can’t see it.
Liverpool 4-0 Aston Villa
Details and Television
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Date: Sunday, 5th July 2020
Kick-off: 4.30 pm (UK Time)
Television: Sky Sports