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Arsenal 3-0 ASTON VILLA

Cesc Fabregas showed just what it takes to be considered in the bracket of world class. In a 27 minute master show the Spaniard came on in the second half and put two goals past Friedel to send Villa back to earth with a bump. It was by no means a catastrophe for us as all this proved was that we can`t win every game.


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LIVERPOOL 1-0 Wolves

Rafa picked up a much needed win following the red card of Stephen Ward which allowed Steven Gerrard & Yossi Benayoun to notch a couple of goals to secure the three points. It wasn`t a Liverpool performance of old but it was at least a much-needed win for the struggling scousers.


Likely Line Ups

ASTON VILLA

The suspension of Ashley Young and Carlos Cuellar and the groin injury to Emile Heskey forces Martin O`Neill to change his starting line up for the first time in 5 games.

Goal: Friedel
Defence: L. Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
Midfield: Milner, Petrov, Sidwell, Downing
Up Front: Carew, Agbonlahor

LIVERPOOL

Mascherano is still suspended which could see the second start for Aquilani and Dirk Kuyt should be recalled the starting line up following his rest on boxing day against Wolves.

Goal: Reina
Defence: Johnson, Agger, Aurelio, Carragher
Midfield: Gerrard, Aquilani, Benayoun, Lucas,
Up Front: Torres, Ngog


Treatment Table

ASTON VILLA

Davies (shoulder)
Heskey (groin)
Bouma (toe)

LIVERPOOL

Zhar (ankle)
Kelly (ankle)
Mascherano (medial ligament)
Riera

Suspensions

ASTON VILLA

A. Young
Cuellar

LIVERPOOL

Mascherano


Key Men

ASTON VILLA

Steve Sidwell / Nigel Reo-Coker: Which ever gets the nod in this game will be sure to come under severe scrutiny come the end of the 90 minutes. This is their time to shine with the suspension of Ashley Young and will either take their chance? I would prefer to see NRC come into the mix as he was a main reason of the 3-1 victory at Anfield this season.



LIVERPOOL

Steven Gerrard: Not had his best of seasons, but when Gerrard performs, Liverpool perform. The midfield will have to shackle Gerrard to control the game.


Match Officials

Referee: Peter Walton
Assistant Referees: Nigel Bannister & Stuart Burt
Fourth Official: Mike Jones


Prediction

I don`t need to big up the intensity of this fixture as we all know it`s importance. A win is quite simply a must as we look to pick ourselves up after the Arsenal defeat. A victory will take us back into the top four and move 8 points clear of 'title challengers` Liverpool.

Liverpool have an impressive record at Villa Park where they are unbeaten in 11 attempts (W6 D5) and Villa haven`t completed the double over Liverpool since the first Premier League season of 1992/93 when we finished runners up to Manchester United.

As Villa haven`t lost at home since the opening day of the season way back in August, and Liverpool have lost four of their last 6 away games only managing to score in two of those games.

This one really is way too hard to predict but I will go with a Villa win by sheer faith alone, but I wouldn`t be surprised if Liverpool do raise their game for this one.

Predictionů Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool



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Writer: JayVFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 29 2009

Time: 10:14AM

Your Comments

i would love to se bouma back, but i reckon... he is getting his full wages, and getting money for treatment, then will retire, like ashton did, because if you retirer you only get 50% of your wages and no bonus?
Tr1dent
i would love to se bouma back, but i reckon... he is getting his full wages, and getting money for treatment, then will retire, like ashton did, because if you retirer you only get 50% of your wages and no bonus?
Tr1dent
Impossible to call this. I would make you slight favourites being as you have played well all season and we have been muck. If you do beat us, top 4 is out of the question. Not solely because we would be 8 pts behind you but because Spurs and City are shaping up well also. We haven't had a good performance since Lyon away (and we didn't even win that!) so possibly due one. Like i say, impossible to call.
KB1
Impossible to call this. I would make you slight favourites being as you have played well all season and we have been muck. If you do beat us, top 4 is out of the question. Not solely because we would be 8 pts behind you but because Spurs and City are shaping up well also. We haven't had a good performance since Lyon away (and we didn't even win that!) so possibly due one. Like i say, impossible to call.
KB1
It's now down to MON to pick the players up after that spanking. If Young and Carlos weren't out, i'd find it difficult to predict anything other than a Villa win. There's bound to be a Villa backlash coming Liverpool's way. As you mentioned JayVFC, the Scousers away record is poor, we're reasonably strong at home. We have by far the better manager. I'm going for a 2-2 draw. Does anyone happen to have a spare ticket for sale???
Villan-in-Cyprus
It's now down to MON to pick the players up after that spanking. If Young and Carlos weren't out, i'd find it difficult to predict anything other than a Villa win. There's bound to be a Villa backlash coming Liverpool's way. As you mentioned JayVFC, the Scousers away record is poor, we're reasonably strong at home. We have by far the better manager. I'm going for a 2-2 draw. Does anyone happen to have a spare ticket for sale???
Villan-in-Cyprus
Liverpool always beat us and will raise their game. We tire in the second half having put everything into it against quality opposition. City, Spurs, United, Arsenal come readily to mind, twice losing the lead to draw, with Gooners totally outplaying us second half. We did nothing at Old Trafford second half either, but United off key although the pressure built again. Be good to have a dominant performance at home like Arsenal last year. All these matches still show you can get results in matches you are not in control, and not win matches when you are. Such is the joy, anguish and unpredictability of football. Over a season, though,you need to be better in keeping possession and creatiing and taking chances than we currently are if you are to win enough games to make 4th. It remains a long shot to me. Be different if Ashley was flying, and we had a prolific striker. But here's hoping for a strong Villa performance and a typical 2009 away scouse permance to keep our hopes alive. But we cannot afford to treat the FA cup lightly. It is another chance that we must take seriously as a chance to win a trophy.
stennyvilla
Liverpool always beat us and will raise their game. We tire in the second half having put everything into it against quality opposition. City, Spurs, United, Arsenal come readily to mind, twice losing the lead to draw, with Gooners totally outplaying us second half. We did nothing at Old Trafford second half either, but United off key although the pressure built again. Be good to have a dominant performance at home like Arsenal last year. All these matches still show you can get results in matches you are not in control, and not win matches when you are. Such is the joy, anguish and unpredictability of football. Over a season, though,you need to be better in keeping possession and creatiing and taking chances than we currently are if you are to win enough games to make 4th. It remains a long shot to me. Be different if Ashley was flying, and we had a prolific striker. But here's hoping for a strong Villa performance and a typical 2009 away scouse permance to keep our hopes alive. But we cannot afford to treat the FA cup lightly. It is another chance that we must take seriously as a chance to win a trophy.
stennyvilla
 

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