Liverpool vs Aston Villa 09/13/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Liverpool (2-0-1) Aston Villa (2-1-0)
Saturday 13th September 2014 17:35(GMT)
The Line: Liverpool 3/10 Draw 9/2 Aston Villa 9/1 See the Latest Odds
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A couple of problems arise for Liverpool from the international week, Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury and will miss this game so alot of pressure will come on to Mario Balotelli in his Anfield debut. Raheem Sterling had a so and so game during the week with England but the youngster is arguably Liverpools most important player, he brings true pace and creativity to the squad that compliments Counthino and Sturridge perfectly. Stephen Gerrard will captain the side from midfield and it will be interesting to see how he performs against a Villa midfield that ran Liverpool ragged last year. Brendan Rodgers still have problems defensively and this back four does not look at all comfortable to me and they face a forward pair in Agbonlahor and Weimann who are on fire at the moment.
Aston Villa made some personnell changes this summer bringing in Roy Keane as an assistant and there does seem to be a marked improvement in the teams performances. Three very solid defensive displays have been highlighted by a couple of winners from andrea Weimann. Villa currently sit third in the table and a win against Liverpool would really cause a stir in the league. Fabian Delph will be lookng to build on his burgeoning reputation having won his first English cap midweek. Agbonlahor and Weimann have been terrific so far this year but equaly Delph and the rest of the Villa midfield have been both defensively excellant and offensively effective.
Similar to th Swansea/Chelsea game I think the underdog is being written off a little too easily here. I am going to take Aston Villa +2 on the handicap, the Villans have had a good start to the season and Liverpool missing Sturridge may not be as fluid as normal. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo