There are plenty of exciting matchups in the world of domestic soccer this weekend, and we have the insights and information you need to cash in on the action. First, Juventus looks to remain atop the Serie A standings, as Inter sits just one point behind them ahead of the weekend. Then, Atletico Madrid, who happens to be tied with Juventus atop Group D in Champions League play, is looking to climb the La Liga table, sitting just two points behind leader, Barcelona. Finally, we take a look at Liverpool, who is a healthy six points ahead of Man City in the Premier League but still has work to do if they want to separate themselves from the pack. Without further ado, here are our best bets in the world of soccer for November 1-3.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool
Saturday’s football game at Villa Park pits together Aston Villa and Liverpool, two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2019/2020 Premier League season. The Villans are determined to avoid relegation to the Championship, while the Reds are eyeing their first Premier League trophy since 1990. Jurgen Klopp’s men showed character in a 2-1 win over Tottenham, with the team coming from behind to beat the capital club at their Anfield.
Aston Villa Team News
- Having made nine changes to his lineup in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Dean Smith will hope to be able to call upon the side that lost at Manchester City last time out.
- Keinan Davis, who would have been hoping to put pressure on Wesley for a start, picked up a hamstring injury against Wolves and will miss out.
- Meanwhile, the hosts will be sweating over the fitness of captain Jack Grealish, who was forced off with a calf injury last weekend and is a doubt.
Liverpool Team News
- Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that key men Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah will be fit for the trip to Villa Park, though Naby Keita is less to recover in time.
- Joel Matip will miss out due to a knee injury once more, with Dejan Lovren keeping his place ahead of Joe Gomez at the back.
- There may be one change to the lineup that faced Tottenham, with Fabinho currently on four bookings ahead of next week’s clash with Manchester City, so Klopp may be tempted to rest the Brazilian.
- If the midfielder does sit out, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely compete to replace him.
Both of these sides progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup in midweek, where they will now face one another in a second meeting at Villa Park later in the year. Dean Smith’s side performed admirably in the first half at Manchester City last week but conceded three sloppy goals after the break and will need to improve defensively to have any chance of an upset. Liverpool has now come from behind in three consecutive domestic matches and five league games have passed since they last won by more than a single goal in the league, which they will hope to change here.