By William Hill
Last Updated: 17th December 2019
It’s a crazy 48 hours for Liverpool with two matches in two different competitions across two different continents. Here is our preview of their Carabao Cup quarter-final encounter with Aston Villa on Tuesday.
Club World Cup exploits mean Liverpool will rely on kids
With Liverpool facing Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, you’d be forgiven for not knowing any of the confirmed squad for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup clash.
The Reds face an Aston Villa side without a win in five games but, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all off to Qatar, the Villains are just 2/5 to win the game.
As both sides prepare to meet at Villa Park it’s teenager Harvey Elliott, who signed from Fulham in the summer, who is the most notable inclusion for Liverpool, yet he’s still far from being a household name, while Rhian Brewster could also be involved.
It’s, therefore, unsurprising that Liverpool are 4/1 to win the game and secure progression to the next round of the cup. Villa, on the other hand, won’t have an easier chance to earn a semi-final spot.
Out-of-form Villa look to have golden opportunity to progress
A full team is expected from Villa manager Dean Smith as he looks to avoid a potential banana skin against a young side who will be out to try and impress Jurgen Klopp as he watches his club’s performance from afar.
Nevertheless, Tuesday’s game is likely to be one-way traffic and Villa will have too much first-team experience for Liverpool to land a blow here. Aston Villa to win the game to nil is 17/10.
With a Premier League XI expected to be fielded, it could be a good chance for striker Wesley Moraes to boost his confidence with a few goals, having endured a slow start to life at the Midlands side.
However, since signing from Belgian side Club Brugge, the 23-year-old has only scored four goals all season and has failed to net in his previous nine league matches, so it’s worth looking elsewhere.
Instead, Jonathan Kodjia looks worth a bet at 9/2 to score the opening goal. He came on as a second-half substitute last weekend during the defeat to Sheffield United after Wesley picked up a knock.
Kodjia has only played three times this season but boss Smith may see the game as the ideal opportunity to get some more minutes under his belt ahead of the busy festive period.