The Redmen TV – Match Preview: Liverpool vs Aston Villa


17:30, Saturday

Match Preview:

Both Liverpool and Aston Villa can reflect on a decent start to the season as they prepare to resume Premier League football at Anfield on Saturday evening. The Reds opened with a tight victory at home to Southampton before falling at the hands of Manchester City on the road the following weekend – concerns over a potentially disappointing beginning were allayed a fortnight ago, however, as Tottenham Hotspur were dismissed at White Hart Lane in the manner of Brendan Rodgers’ 2013/14 title challenging side. Paul Lambert’s visitors have taken 7 points from their opening three – a win away to Stoke City and 4 home points against Newcastle United and Hull City may not excite the more long-sighted Villa supporter but an early points haul, and against these sides in particular, should considerably improve Villa’s chance of a top-half finish. This weekend kicks off a four match stint ahead of the next international break, during which Liverpool have been dealt an encouraging sequence but Villa face sterner challenges – nothing will be taken for granted by Rodgers or Lambert, however, with such runs providing the potential for pivotal upsets. A result for either side this weekend would likely see them in 2nd or 3rd position – though early in the season, that would provide an excellent foundation after four matches and significant optimism for the campaign ahead.

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Ahead of Saturday evening’s Anfield match, The Redmen TV spoke with Chris Nee, host of the Aston Villa Review podcast and co-editor of In Bed With Maradona – thanks to Chris for providing his insight:

After languishing in the lower reaches of the table for three seasons, after what was a very stable run, do you feel there’s an urgency to push on and avoid another of these increasingly familiar battles this season?

Chris:  “Ideally Aston Villa would be able to push on a little this season but I think the team will still need their wits about them. We have a battle on our hands and the biggest positive from our decent start is that we now have a team that looks like it’s willing to tackle that challenge from the very beginning of the season. There’s no complacency about our Premier League status, and the players and managers seem to be embracing the need to get over the line earlier and treat every point like it matters.”

You’ve observed Paul Lambert at Villa Park for two full seasons now, first avoiding the drop but last season not really pushing on – what are your thoughts on his management early in this third campaign?

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