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Aston Villa vs Liverpool Predictions

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Carabao Cup | Villa Park | 17th December
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool predictions for Tuesday’s EFL Cup fixture at Villa Park. Can the hosts take what is undoubtedly a gilt-edged opportunity? Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Aston Villa to Win and Over 3.5 Match Goals @ 7/5

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Aston Villa 4-1 @ 12/1

Reason For Aston Villa vs Liverpool Predictions

  • Liverpool’s entire first team squad are in Qatar, which means that a very young side will take to the pitch at Villa Park.
  • In the previous round, Liverpool fielded a weaker side and shipped no less than six goals.

Big opportunity for hosts

Under normal circumstances, Villa wouldn’t exactly be too confident ahead of a match against a Liverpool side that is seemingly running away with the Premier League title, but these are not normal circumstances. Liverpool have already flown out to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup, which means that only Under-23 players will feature in their League Cup squad on Tuesday.

Given that they’re going to be up against a hugely inexperienced and youthful Liverpool team, this is a massive opportunity for Villa to get a confidence-boosting win and propel themselves into the semi-finals.

It’s no secret that Villa are having a bit of a mid-season lull. They’ve lost each of their last three, conceding eight and scoring just two in the process, though Premier League form goes out of the window here. Not only will The Villans be buoyed by the fact that they’re going up against Liverpool’s youngsters but their form in this competition should also fill them with confidence. Villa have scored no less than 11 goals in three matches on route to this game, five of which came against Premier League opposition.

A chance for the youngsters

As touched on above, we’re going to see a very unfamiliar Liverpool line-up on Tuesday. The entire first team squad, plus one of the youngsters (Neco Williams) have travelled to Qatar, so it’s down to the likes of Harvey Elliot and Rhian Brewster, whose only real game time for the first team has come in this competition, to get the job done domestically.

AS one of the biggest clubs in the country, Liverpool undoubtedly have lots of talented younger players, but it’s difficult to see them doing the business against an experienced Aston Villa first team.

Liverpool played several of the youngsters who’ll be playing on Tuesday in the last round when beating Arsenal on penalties, but if their defensive efforts on that occasion are anything to go by, then they’re in trouble. On that occasion, Liverpool were all over the place at the back as they shipped no less than five goals.

Home goals on the horizon

Liverpool have some good youngsters, but none of those who’ll feature on Tuesday have broken fully into the first team squad yet, which is reasonably telling. Consider this in conjunction with just how badly they defended in the last round and ‘Aston Villa to Win & Over 3.5 Goals’ stands out. Villa notched six against inferior opposition first time out in this competition, while they’ve scored five in two against useful Premier League sides since. Against Liverpool’s youngsters, the hosts are backed to run riot.

Those braving the ‘Correct Score’ market on this occasion are pointed towards a 4-1 win for Villa. For all the hosts should have what it takes to run riot, they’re not the safest at the back. Villa are yet to keep a clean sheet in this competition, while Liverpool, for all they’re fielding an ultra-inexperienced side, have some decent young players in the forward areas.

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Article by: Bradley G
Contact: bradley.gibbs@apsleygroup.co.uk
Twitter: @BGibbs92
Published: December 15, 2019

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