Premier League: Liverpool vs Aston Villa

In Barclays Premiership League, Football on August 21, 2009 at 11:44

By Joe,

Glen Johnson opening his account for Liverpool against Stoke City.

Glen Johnson opening his account for Liverpool against Stoke City.

Monday night returns to the Premiership, not a phrase that is often heard relating to football in Europe. Liverpool have the luxury to host Aston Villa for the very first Monday night televised game in the Premier League. A host of international names will be present on the night, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, John Carew, Petrov, Ashley Young and James Milner, and it will be an explosive match.

Coach Rafa Benitez has got his men back on track after crushing Stoke City 4-0 in the midweek at Anfield. After the disappointed season opener 2-1 defeat to Spurs, Liverpool have regained their confidence where the team looks more of a unit with free flowing football during their attacks. Captain Gerrard and Liverpool’s top scorer, Torres, are key members of the team and they have shown their worth in the win against Stoke. The pair will be eager to show more of their partnership against Villa, while new boy Glen Johnson will hope to continue scoring goals for Liverpool. Benitez will be without Danish defender ,Daniel Agger, as he injured his back and Martin Skrtel is doubtful too against Villa. The central defense had to call on youth player Daniel Ayala to partner up with Jamie Carragher against Stoke. Therefore under these circumstances, Benitez made a purchase of AEK Athens Sotirios Kyrgiakos for £2 million to avoid anymore central defense issues.

Villa could be dogged by their busy schedule after traveling to Vienna for their midweek playoff match in the UEFA Europa League. They returned to UK with a 1-0 defeat, conceding after 40 seconds of regular play. Martin O’Neill fielded goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, against Rapid Vienna but it is anticipated that former Liverpool player, Brad Friedal will return against Liverpool. Villa started out the season with two defeats in a space of a week and O’Neill is hoping that his luck will change in break the deadlock of the losing streaks. There is a possibility that he will call on another former Liverpool player, Emilie Heskey to lead the front lines.

Liverpool made a poor start against spurs but was very good against Stoke. They look very much of their old self in the second half of last season. Villa have made a poor start and it is their defense that has let them down. Liverpool will exploit this weakness and could start a long chain of victories. Have a look at Betsson as they are offering Liverpool at 1.46 for a win.

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