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Targett To Start, Young On The Bench | 4-3-3 Aston Villa Predicted Lineup Vs Liverpool

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Aston Villa will lock horns with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as they try to grind out a result on the road. The Villans managed to pick up a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Leicester City last weekend which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this clash at Merseyside.

Steven Gerrard will probably opt for a 4-3-3 formation and could make one change to his first XI for this game. Matt Targett could get a start at left-back if he can make himself available for this game while Ashley Young will make way for him and drop to the bench.

4-3-3 Aston Villa Predicted Lineup To Face Liverpool

Defence

Emiliano Martinez will function in between the sticks for the Villans after conceding one goal versus the Foxes in his last league outing.

Ezri Konsa will resume his centre-half partnership with Tyrone Mings at the centre of Gerrard’s defence as they look to make life difficult for the Liverpool forwards during the game. Matty Cash will operate at right-back while Matt Targett could get a start as the left-back if he can pass a late fitness test.

Gerrard will ask both his full-backs to keep a good defensive shape at the back and not allow Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to get in behind them out on the wide areas. Ashley Young and Axel Tuanzebe will provide cover for the defensive positions on Aston Villa’s bench.

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Midfield

The Villans could opt for a midfield three of John McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz. All three of them will have to be at the top of their game if they are to stop the Liverpool midfielders from creating too many chances during the 90 minutes.

Morgan Sanson will have to be content with a spot on the bench as he awaits his chance to shine in the second 45 minutes if needed.

Attack

Emiliano Buendia could keep his place down the left flank while Jacob Ramsey hopes to catch the eye as the right-sided wide player. Ollie Watkins will lead the line for the West Midlands side down the middle.

Keinan Davis will once again find himself on the bench and might come on to make an impact in the latter stages if needed.

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