In Gameweek 4 of the Premier League, Liverpool is set to take on Aston Villa at Anfield, their home turf. Both teams have kicked off the league with comparable starts: Liverpool securing 7 points from their first 3 matches, while Aston Villa has earned 6 points.
Following their struggles last season, Liverpool is determined to contend for the title once more. Bolstered by key acquisitions, they've embarked on a promising journey this season. Notably, they clinched a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Newcastle and held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw, while also cruising to a comfortable win against Bournemouth. Building upon this early momentum will be a priority for the team. Football betting sites have EPL odds with them.
Aston Villa, under Emery's guidance, has been making waves since last season. Impressively, aside from City, no other team has accumulated more points in the current calendar year than Aston Villa. The team has maintained a remarkable form, culminating in a commendable 7th-place finish – their highest on the Premier League table since 2010.
Darwin Nunez showcased his prowess by netting two goals in their recent match against Newcastle United, solidifying his place on the starting lineup ahead of Gakpo. However, Van Dijk's absence in the defense due to a red card in the previous game will be a significant setback.
Endo, a fresh addition to the team, was given a starting opportunity in the last match and is likely to retain his place.
Gomez might replace the suspended Van Dijk
Predicted Lineup: Becker, Alexander - Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, D. Szoboszlai, Allister, Endo, Jota, Darwin, Salah
Matty Cash's adaptation to a right wing-back position in the Burnley match proved highly successful, as he managed to score twice and exhibit exceptional form. However, there are a few concerning absences for Aston Villa.
Martinez, the World Cup-winning goalkeeper, is currently nursing an injury that might prevent him from starting against Liverpool – his absence would certainly be felt. Additionally, Ollie Watkins, who suffered a knock in the dying moments of the last game, is doubtful for the upcoming fixture.
Youngster Duran might start instead of Watkins if the injury doesn't heal
Predicted Lineup: Olsen, Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Cash, Kamara, Luiz, Digne, Diaby, McGinn, Duran
Liverpool, particularly when playing at home, stands as a dominant force and a challenging opponent to overcome. The resurgence of Nunez, combined with the presence of Diaz and Salah, forms a potent attacking trio. The midfield has seen recent additions in Endo and Allister, enhancing the team's dynamics.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, has showcased impressive performances, building on their strong showing from the latter half of the previous season. Despite their confidence, the test of facing Liverpool on their home turf is a formidable one. With midweek Conference League commitments and several injured players, Emery faces the dilemma of managing his squad effectively. While Aston Villa's form is admirable, Liverpool holds a slight advantage in this encounter.