LIVERPOOL-ASTON VILLA (written sunday a.m)
Much like Manchester United's "owning" of Wigan, Liverpool have totally dominated this series in recent years and have not lost in 15 meetings between the two clubs. The home side threw off the lethargy of their performance at Tottenham to put four past Stoke in midweek and are meeting a Villa side who have performed poorly in losses to Wigan, where they were dire and away to Rapid Wien in the Europa League. The real spine of their team has been lost, with Laursen and Barry moving on and I would advise avoid them until Martin O'Neill can address the problem. Luke Young is on compassionate leave following the death of his brother and a number of other key players are sick or carrying knocks, not a lot is going right at Villa Park.
By the time these two kick off, Liverpool could be six points behind some of their major title rivals, so once again, even at this stage of the season, three points will be seen as essential, especially with the distraction of the Champions League coming up shortly. Home win.
6 points Liverpool -1.25 goals 1.95 asian line.