The bad news is that Friday night’s FA Cup 3rd round tie between Aston Villa and Liverpool has fallen victim to positive COVID-19 testing.
The good news is that the match still goes ahead.
You’re still thinking about the bad news, aren’t you?
Well, fear not, as Aston Villa’s plucky youngsters are on a mission impossible against the Premier League champions.
This is what the FA Cup is all about, right?! Plucky underdogs taking on the big boys under the misty floodlights on a freezing cold Friday night.
The thing is, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t strike us as a manager to show any mercy on an occasion like this.
We fear this will be a case of Who Are You, rather than The Kids Are Alright.
Check out our top Odds Picks for Friday’s FA Cup tie including a karma-inspired 12/1 long shot.
|Fixture||Aston Villa v Liverpool|
|Date||Friday, January 8, 2021 at 19:45|
|Where||Villa Park, Birmingham|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Divock Origi to score two or more goals – 13/5 with bet365
Send up the bat signal and Divock Origi will appear.
The 25-year-old Belgian hasn’t ever really got going in Liverpool colours, but has scored some crucial goals over the last couple of seasons to justify his place as a solid squad player.
We are expecting Origi to get the nod leading Liverpool’s line in this fixture and 13/5 is a cracking price for the striker to bag a brace against Villa’s inexperienced back line.
Our Long Shot – Aston Villa 0-5 Liverpool – 12/1 at bet365
Remember the EFL Cup quarter-finals last season? Of course you do.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side due to play abroad in the Club World Cup, the Reds fielded a youth side at Villa Park and got torn to shreds.
Some of those names – Caoimhin Kelleher and Ki-Jana Hoever – have gone on to break into first teams this season, but overall it was a gigantic mismatch.
Well, the shoe is on the other foot this season and Aston Villa’s kids will be expecting a taste of their club’s own medicine.
How about a repeat of last season’s 5-0 drubbing from Villa, but this time for Liverpool.
It’s funny how things come around, right?!
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.