Aston Villa vs Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions
There’s a fantastic opportunity for Aston Villa to reach the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night, with Dean Smith’s side going up against a Liverpool team who are basically going to be a collection of youngsters.
The Reds’ involvement in the World Club Championship means that Jurgen Klopp has taken the first-team squad to Qatar and left a youth team to compete in the latest round of the competition, with most of the names likely to be unrecognisable.
Youngsters Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams are all travelling to Qatar and it would appear that the Liverpool team who grace the pitch at Villa Park are going to be like lambs to the slaughter.
Aston Villa would prioritise the Premier League over this competition although they’ve now reached a stage where it’s possible that the Midlands side can actually win a trophy this season.
As such, we might expect a strong team to be fielded, with Smith hoping that his team are able to get the job done so that certain players can be brought off early including star midfielder Jack Grealish.
The Villans are scrapping for their Premier League survival although they won at Brighton before beating a weakened Wolves team and this match comes a full four days before a home clash against Southampton.
Smith will want to enjoy a confidence-booster, with Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane potentially recalled to the Starting XI, while the home side will want to get Wesley firing after a barren few weeks in front of goal.
This will literally be men against boys and we’re backing Villa to have their noses in front by the break before kicking on to win the game.
Aston Villa HT FT @ 1.72 with bet365