Predicted Aston Villa and Liverpool line-ups: Dilemmas for Lambert and Rodgers

Match to be played on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.

Aston Villa will need to improve on the 11 goals they have scored in the Premier League so far this season if they want to get the better of Liverpool this weekend.

Villa manager Paul Lambert will be hoping there is enough pace and energy in the attack of his team to counter effectively and edge proceedings if it looks like being a tight contest.

For Liverpool, it’s all about putting three points on the board, gaining some confidence and building momentum.

The side have a very busy fixture schedule before the end of the month, but they have had extra rest this week, which should mean they are fresh heading into the game.

Nevertheless, it’s important for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to use his squad wisely, rotating where he sees fit to prevent fatigue from setting in ahead of other games.

Here are the sides that Lambert and Rodgers could go with.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Lowton, Okore, Cissokho, Cleverley, Westwood, Sanchez, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Markovic, Henderson, Lucas, Sterling, Coutinho, Borini

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