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Aston Villa will look to end a tricky week on a high when they welcome Liverpool to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Fresh from their surprise 3-1 win over Arsenal on the opening day of the season Villa were bought back down to earth on Wednesday when they, rather unluckily, lost 2-1 to Chelsea.
Christian Benteke with his third goal in two games was once again on fire midweek and caused the Chelsea defence no end of problems alongside Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann and the front three will be hoping to carry their early season form into the clash with Liverpool later tonight.
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Villa boss Paul Lambert will also be hoping that Irish International Ciaran Clarke will be fit to face the Reds. The young defender was forced off after 43 minutes of the loss to Chelsea midweek but his boss is hopeful that the 23 year old will be fit to play telling the club’s official website: “Ciaran has a nasty gash on his forehead that has required some stitches.
“But hopefully he will be okay for the weekend.”
Should Clarke miss out then Jores Okore, who made his debut at Stamford Bridge is set for his first start with a ringing endorsement from his manager who thought the Danish International was “ter-rific when he came on.”
Despite the prospect of their third game in a week Lambert is looking forward to the visit of Liver-pool with the feel-good factor returning to the club after a difficult season last year “We are getting better and better with every game. It’s a new team and a new era” Lambert said.
“It’s a tough turnaround now but the momentum is there.”
Liverpool meanwhile could hand a debut to Aly Cissoko after he completed his season long loan move during the week. The French defender trained with the first team and is ready to play.
Daniel Sturridge, scorer of the only goal in the 1-0 win over Stoke, is once again set to lead the line with Luis Suarez suspended and is set to partner Philippe Coutinho and Iago Aspas in attack.
Liverpool head into the game on the back of a 9 game unbeaten run and aside from the suspended Suarez and injured Sebastian Coates have no other injury worries.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be wary of the in-form Benteke. The Belgian scored three goals against the Reds last season and Rodgers has warned his team to be aware of the striker although he backed his own team to continue their own good run.
“There’s no doubt Benteke is the reference point for the team – the ball goes up to him and he holds it up well. He’s a big, powerful boy,” Rodgers told the Liverpool official website.
“I very much expect for them to have a very good season.
“They are very much a counter-attacking team that set up to defend half a pitch and then break out with the pace of Benteke, (Gabriel) Agbonlahor in particular and young Andreas Weimann on the side.
“But our focus is really on our own game. We know the form we’re in and with the mentality and confidence of the players it should be a really good game.”
This one is the late kickoff in the Premiership – it gets underway at 17:30GMT at Villa Park.