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Aston Villa vs Liverpool Tips - Liverpool to crush Villa's U23 side in the FA Cup

  • Aston Villa vs Liverpool betting tips for the FA Cup fixture on Friday (19:45 GMT)
  • Villa will field their Under-23 side after a Covid-19 outbreak
  • Manager Dean Smith will not attend and Under-23 coach Mark Delaney will take charge
  • Liverpool should be too strong at Villa Park
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Dean Smith won't be attending the Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup tie (Getty Images)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool Prediction


Aston Villa have been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak with their U23 side to take the field. Liverpool are unlikely to field a full strength side but the Reds should still have too much quality at Villa Park.

  • Aston Villa have seen 14 staff including nine players test positive for COVID-19.
  • Aston Villa will field a team mainly comprising players from their Under-23 side
  • Manager Dean Smith will not attend, U23 coach Mark Delaney will take charge of the match

Head to Head


Liverpool have 96 wins in this fixture compared to Aston Villa’s 59. There have also been 40 draws played out between the clubs.

Aston Villa won the most recent meeting 7-2 earlier on this season.

Aston Villa Form


Aston Villa have been in great form in the Premier League this season and find themselves 8th in the table. Dean Smith’s side had won 3-0 against West Brom and Crystal Palace before an impressive performance in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Last time out Villa matched Manchester United at Old Trafford and were unfortunate not to get a result in a 2-1 defeat.

Liverpool Form


Liverpool have struggled in recent weeks. Their 7-0 thumping of Crystal Palace was followed up with two disappointing draws against West Brom and Newcastle.

In their last match, the Reds were beaten 1-0 away to Southampton in a match which saw Liverpool produce one shot on target.

Team News


Aston Villa were hit by a significant outbreak of COVID-19, their training ground was closed and their U23 side will take the field.

There are some talented youngsters in the team including Aaron Ramsey, Ben Chrisene, Carney Chukwuemeka and striker Louie Barry.

Liverpool are missing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool FAQs

What is the best bet for Aston Villa vs Liverpool?

Aston Villa have been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak and will field their U23 side. Liverpool -2 handicap is the best bet.

Where can I watch the Aston Villa vs Liverpool live stream online?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Aston Villa vs Liverpool live stream online.

Where is Aston Villa vs Liverpool being played?

Aston Villa vs Liverpool is being played at Villa Park in Birmingham, England.

When does Aston Villa vs Liverpool kick off?

Aston Villa vs Liverpool kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Friday 8 January 2021.

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Verdict

With Aston Villa being forced to play this game with their U23 side, Liverpool have a great opportunity to advance in the FA Cup.

Best Bet: Liverpool -2 Handicap @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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