Aston Villa will be looking to spring a surprise at Wembley Stadium this afternoon when they take on Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Tim Sherwood mas certainly made an impact at Villa Park since replacing Paul Lambert in February, and now he has his team just one game away from the FA Cup final after beating West Brom 2-0 in the last round.
Today, Sherwood has again started Shay Given in goal, as he often does in cup matches, whilst Jack Grealish and Charles N'Zogbia will be relied upon to supply the in-form Christian Benteke in attack.
For Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers has again gone with the 3-4-3 system which has served the Reds so well this season, though Steven Gerrard returns to the side in midfield.
The Liverpool skipper will leave for LA Galaxy this summer, and there could be no better send-off than to win the FA Cup in his final appearance for the club.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson also start in a strong Liverpool side, with Mario Balotelli earning a place on the bench having recently been out of action through illness.
- Shay Given
- Kieran Richardson
- Ron Vlaar
- Nathan Baker
- Leandro Bacuna
- Fabian Delph
- Tom Cleverley
- Ashley Westwood
- Jack Grealish
- Charles N'Zogbia
- Christian Benteke
Substitutes: Joe Cole, Scott Sinclair, Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Jores Okore, Andreas Weimann, Carles Gil.
- Simon Mignolet
- Emre Can
- Martin Skrtel
- Dejan Lovren
- Joe Allen
- Jordan Henderson
- Lazar Markovic
- Alberto Moreno
- Philippe Coutinho
- Raheem Sterling
- Steven Gerrard
Substitutes: Glen Johnson, Bradley Jones, Rickie Lambert, Kolo Touré, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, Javier Manquillo.
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