Liverpool restart their Premier League season with an eye-catching trip to Aston Villa on December 26.
Jurgen Klopp’s side face a festive challenge at Villa Park, with Unai Emery securing back-to-back Premier League wins on his return to English football ahead of the World Cup break.
Villa have endured a mixed set of results in friendly action this month, including a 1-0 defeat to Emery’s former side Villarreal, with Liverpool restarting competitive action with a Carabao Cup Round of 16 elimination at the hands of Manchester City on December 22.
Here’s all the details you need on the fixture including kickoff times, TV and streaming information, lineups and betting odds.
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What time is Aston Villa vs Liverpool?
Aston Villa play host to Liverpool at Villa Park on Monday, December 26. The kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|Hong Kong||01:30 HKT*|
|New Zealand||06:30 NZDT*|
*Game starts on December 27 in these time zones
Aston Villa vs Liverpool live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|Hong Kong||—||Now TV|
|New Zealand||—||Sky Sport Now, Sky Go|
|USA||USA Network, Universo||fuboTV, Peacock|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streamed exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).
Aston Villa vs Liverpool lineups
Aston Villa’s injury picture remains unchanged following the World Cup with Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Diego Carlos both still sidelined.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is still away celebrating Argentina’s World Cup triumph, with Robin Olsen set to step in, but Matty Cash and Leander Dendoncker should be fit to start.
Predicted Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Olsen (GK) — Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne — Dendoncker, Luiz, McGinn — Buendia, Ings, Bailey
Liverpool have been hit by a fresh injury blow for Luis Diaz, with the Colombia international out until February alongside Diogo Jota. Returning World Cup trio Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson should all be back in action after the last two missed out on the Carabao Cup match against Manchester City.
Predicted Liverpool XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson — Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott — Salah, Firmino, Nunez
Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction, betting odds
Both sides will be looking to hit the ground running following the World Cup break with Emery looking to continue his strong start at Villa Park.
Liverpool have a busy start to 2023 on the horizon across domestic and European action, and they need to close the gap on their top-four rivals in the coming weeks.
However, Klopp is still easing certain key players back into his squad, and Emery has enjoyed a bigger window to work with his players and the hosts will be confident of securing a positive result.
|Aston Villa win||+360||4.03||7/2||4.50|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-155 /+122||1.60 / 2.20||4/7 – 5/4||1.64 – 2.25|
|Both teams to score Y/N||-160/+125||1.57 / 2.11||4/7 – 5/4||1.60 – 2.25|
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