[Image] Predicted 4-2-3-1 Aston Villa XI to face Liverpool in the FA Cup – Can the Villans cause another upset?

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Predicted Aston Villa XI to face Liverpool in the FA Cup

Aston Villa will take on Liverpool in a third-round game of this season’s FA Cup at Villa Park. Dean Smith’s men have been doing well in the league this season, winning and drawing two games each in their last 5 outings.

Liverpool have been a bit off-colour this season as they suffered a loss against Southampton in their last game. The Reds are winless in their last 3 games. Aston Villa will have fond memories of facing Liverpool given the scoreline last time around. While that 7-2 scoreline might be hard to repeat, Villa will be hoping to give some more problems to Liverpool.

Team News

There will be a few names who will likely miss the trip to West Ham. Wesley and Trezeguet are surely ruled out for this one. Ross Barkley might not be risked, with some important fixtures coming up. A few changes in the usual line-up can be expected from Dean Smith.

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Probable Aston Villa XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Tom Heaton (GK)

As Dean Smith mentioned, Tom Heaton could get his first start of the season against Liverpool.

Matt Targett (LB)

First choice for the side for a while now. Continues in his position.

Tyrone Mings (CB)

Villa’s best defender, won’t have it easy with Liverpool’s all-star forward line.

Kortney Hause (CB)

Should get a chance in this game as a part of squad rotations.

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Matty Cash of Aston Villa is challenged by Marcal of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on December 12, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Matty Cash (RB)

The new signing has made the right-back spot his own and it looks unlikely anyone can displace him with his current form.

Douglas Luiz (DM)

Has been quite a reliable presence in midfield for them. Unlucky to give away a soft penalty in the last game.

John McGinn (DM)

One of Villa’s best players in midfield and other than his passing, his late runs into the box are also something to watch.

Jack Grealish (AM)

There will be a lot riding on the captain who is probably their best player. Needs to be at his usual best to crack open Liverpool.

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Bertrand Traore (RW)

Traore is settling in well at the club and should get a start here.

Anwar El Ghazi (RW)

With Trezeguet out for the time being, El Ghazi has done rather well through the right, chipping in with vital goals.

Keinan Davis (ST)

Davis might be given a chance here, given how Watkins is going through a lean patch for the side.

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