‘They will pick them off’: Sky Sports pundit predicts Aston Villa v Liverpool FC
Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Liverpool FC's trip to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday
Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to claim a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday to keep their title charge on track.
The Reds head into the game fresh from their thrilling penalty shootout victory over Arsenal in the League Cup fourth round at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Liverpool FC came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they continued their impressive start to the Premier League season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won all but one of their opening 10 games in the Premier League this season to leave the Reds in top spot in the table and six points clear of Manchester City heading into Saturday’s trip to Villa Park.
Former Arsenal star Nicholas is backing Villa to get on the score-sheet in Saturday’s game, but he is tipping Liverpool FC to come good and win their 10th Premier League game of the season.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “It is a cracking Saturday full of entertaining games.
“Liverpool have been getting over the line, which doesn’t win you titles quite yet, but it does later down the line. There is something quite weird abut Aston Villa – they are good going forward, but their weakness lies at the back.
“Liverpool have so many fantastic players, especially the front three. If one is off, it is no major disruption, but the midfield you can get at, hence why Jurgen Klopp changes it.
“When the full-backs are up and Liverpool play the high-press, they will win as nobody can get out. Villa do not like to be overly cautious or tactical – they want John McGinn and Jack Grealish on the ball, with the energy and drive to find the gaps that Liverpool will leave open.
“It could be Trezeguet who could hurt Liverpool, especially in these wide areas. Everybody has seen with Trent Alexander-Arnold that he is unbelievable going forward but can leave gaps at the back, so how do you expose it?
“It is the wide areas where Liverpool can win and lose games, and this area could be damaging for Villa, who will try and play. This will suit Liverpool and they will pick them off.”
Liverpool FC will return to Champions League action on Tuesday night with a home clash against Genk at Anfield.
They will then take on Manchester City at Anfield in a top-of-the-table showdown on Sunday 10 November as they look to try and keep their title challenge on track.