Aston Villa are desperate to find the net having only scored the once in their last seven games, while Liverpool are hoping to continue their renaissance and close the gap even further on those challenging for the top four.
To be played on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Odds: Aston Villa 4/1, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 9/10
This game may be overshadowed a little [certainly if you ask Paul Lambert] for the home side given that some fans on the Holte End are planning on delaying their arrival to the ground for eight minutes because of a protest over the current regime.
At the moment, Villa are desperately struggling for goals, as they are the lowest scorers in the league, and haven't won in each of their last six Premier League games - leaving them just the three points above the relegation zone.
There are a couple of positives for the home side. Fabian Delph returns from suspension and Nathan Baker is back after a spell on the sidelines, while new signing Carles Gil is available for selection.
Liverpool may not be having the best of seasons as they currently sit in eighth place, but there are green shoots of recovery showing, with the side five points off the top four.
They could be boosted by the return of Adam Lallana but Brendan Rodgers won't want to rush him back as they go in search of their fifth consecutive away win all competitions. The Reds have recalled Jordon Ibe from his loan spell at Derby County, and is available for selection this weekend.
“On the fans protest: ‘I understand the fans' frustrations, but we'll have a better chance of winning a game of football if they don't do it, if they stick with the lads, no matter how hard it gets at times.”
“We know it will be tough for us but we're on a run of four wins away from home so we've got good confidence and momentum in the team. We'll go there positive that we can get a good result, but also respect that Paul's team will be difficult to beat.”
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