Aston Villa vs Liverpool | Sunday 19 April, 2015 | Wembley Stadium | 15.00
Aston Villa face Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup semi–final on Sunday.
A top-four finish in the Premier League is looking unlikely for the Reds after back to back losses to Manchester United and Arsenal and their season hinges now on their success in the FA Cup.
Should the Reds make it to the final next month, the match would be captain Steven Gerrard’s final game for the club and also his 35th birthday. As such, manager Brendan Rodgers has made it his ambition to ensure that the captain gets the fairy tale send-off that he deserves.
“Our aim was always to win a trophy this year and even more so now with that added incentive,” said Rodgers.
“To have a captain who has been a monumental figure for this club leaving there’d be no greater tribute than to reach a final, particularly an FA Cup final.”
Liverpool have lost two of their last four games in all competitions. They were however unbeaten in 10 on their travels prior to that.
Villa’s form has picked up remarkably since Tim Sherwood’s arrival as manager in mid-February. He had a successful return to White Hart lane last weekend as well as League wins over West Brom and Sunderland to ease the club’s relegation fears.
Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke have formed an effective partnership since Sherwood’s arrival, scoring 11 goals between them in the past seven games.
With Villa currently six points above the relegation zone, Sherwood’s side goes to Wembley in a confident mood.
“I hope the fans are looking forward to the game. We’ve picked up some good results recently. It’s definitely a game we can win”, he said.
“We’ll do everything we possibly can to make sure we’re back there in May. I don’t want my players to have any regrets after the game.”
Both teams have won away against each other in the Premier League this season. Liverpool have however won nine of their last eighteen games against Villa and out of these Villa have only managed four wins.
Mamadou Sakho has been ruled out for Liverpool and there are still fitness doubts over Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli.
Alan Hutton will be hoping to return to the Aston Villa squad having missed the last game with an injury, but Carlos Sanchez will miss Sunday’s game due to suspension.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Aston Villa are sure to provide Liverpool with a tough match this Sunday, but we are confident that the Reds have what it takes to beat Aston Villa and secure a spot in the finals.