Latest Aston Villa news from BirminghamLive brings you the score predictions from pundits Chris Sutton and Mark Lawrenson ahead of clash with Liverpool
Pundits Chris Sutton and Mark Lawrenson have delivered their predictions ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to Merseyside on Saturday.
Liverpool will host Unai Emery’s side in the 3pm kick-off as the visitors look to close the gap on the top-six with just two games left of the season. Villa returned to winning ways against Tottenham last time out, keeping their hopes of securing an European finish alive.
As for the Reds, they are unbeaten in their last nine, with their last seven games all ending in wins.
With that in mind, here’s what Sutton and Lawrenson have had to say..
In his predictions column for BBC Sport, Sutton wrote: “This feels like the kind of game where Aston Villa boss Unai Emery could go and set his team up to frustrate Liverpool and carry a threat on the counter. So, I am certainly not discounting Villa here, but Liverpool have such great momentum after winning their past seven games that I can’t see them stumbling.
“They will attack Villa, and they may even overwhelm them. The Reds play bottom side Southampton in their final game of the season so I am expecting them to finish on 71 points – they will need Newcastle or Manchester United to slip up to let them sneak into the top four.”
Sutton’s prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, Lawrenson added: “I’ll go for Liverpool to win. It’s interesting that a couple of weeks ago it looked like Curtis Jones had gone backwards but he’s just had a fabulous last three or four games with assists and goals.”
Lawrenson’s prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa.
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