Paul Merson predicts Liverpool v Aston Villa: Two not very good teams

Paul Merson believes Liverpool will sneak a win over Aston Villa.

Paul Merson has told SkySports he sees Liverpool narrowly beating Aston Villa this weekend.

The two clubs have won a combined three games out of a total 12 attempts between them.

Liverpool have had an edge over Villa in recent clashes, beating the Reds at Anfield last season and knocking them out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.

Both teams recorded narrow wins in midweek, with Liverpool needing penalties to beat Carlisle United, and Villa edging out rivals Birmingham City.

Merson believes that neither side are very accomplished and face real questions over their current direction.

He said: "It's a nervy affair and both teams really need a win, but I'm just going to go with Liverpool by a hair.

"Villa won their first game, but that seems a long, long time ago. We're still not quite sure what Sherwood's style is, and results have shown that this season. The derby win against Birmingham was massive.

"I'm a great believer that if teams aren't winning, they're not very good. It's not down to luck with Liverpool; something is not right."

Villa sit in 17th place in the Premier League table, with Liverpool in 13th, with four points between the two clubs.

Brendan Rodgers finds his job under pressure at Liverpool with speculation growing over his future and potential replacements.

They will be without former Villa striker Christian Benteke who will miss the reunion with his former club due to suffering a hamstring injury.

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