Game Week 37 Predictions: Liverpool to beat Aston Villa at Anfield - Premier League preview, Betting tips, Team news
Liverpool's champions league hopes could receive a big boost if they beat Villa at Anfield on Sunday with one more game to go in the league season
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|Liverpool's champions league hopes could receive a big boost if they beat Villa at Anfield on Sunday with one more game to go in the league season|
Right about the time Liverpool would be negotiating this fixture with Aston Villa, the Red Devils would take their wretched away record to the Vitality Stadium to test Bournemouth for size. It’s a crucial moment in the top-four race.
Liverpool has to do their own business and then hope that United stumbles at least twice in their remaining three games.
It’s the 37th fixture of the season, and it’s a double-game week for the Red Devils; they’d automatically qualify for the Champions League if they win the two.
Aston Villa wants to qualify for Europe, and as it stands, it’s in their own hands.
A victory at Anfield will put them squarely in the running for an unprecedented Europa place, or at the very least, a spot in the Europa Conference League, which Tottenham currently holds.
Unai Emery has transformed Aston Villa from a relegation contender to a European contender.
It would not be an easy affair for Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield, but Liverpool’s home record stands at an enviable point, and Villa must be worried.
Liverpool’s indifferent season could well end on a high.
No one saw them in this position earlier in the year, as they were languishing outside the top 8 of the league table.
Seven straight wins, and Liverpool can now dream, but they have to beat United to it.
How will Liverpool approach this?
Same way they have approached the rest of the games they won in April and the earlier part of this month.
All-out attack with Trent Alexander Arnold in an inverted role, similar to what Alex Zinchenko does at Arsenal.
The number of quality attackers available to Klopp is heartwarming: Mohammed Salah leads the way with goals, and he contributed three assists last time out.
Darwin Nunez hardly gets the nod from the start since the return of Luis Diaz, and Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota are all fighting for starting roles.
Aston Villa must keep things simple.
When it rains at Anfield, it pours, and they have to ask Manchester United to understand that Villa cannot afford to leave spaces behind to allow the Kops to exploit them.
Midfield duels would be crucial, and Villa must also be disciplined.
If United stumbles at Bournemouth, a win could see Liverpool straight into the top four, but the Red Devils would have a game in hand in midweek against Chelsea.
It’s not over in the race for the Champions League; this would be quite crucial for both sides.