Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Aston Villa v Liverpool FC
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a straightforward win against promoted side Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds played out a thrilling Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Arsenal at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Liverpool FC managed to rescue a 5-5 draw in normal time despite trailing the north London side by two goals on two occasions.
The Merseyside outfit went on to secure their place in the quarter-finals thanks to a penalty shootout victory.
Liverpool FC are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and six points clear of defending champions Manchester City after their 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Liverpool FC have already beaten promoted sides Norwich City and Sheffield United ahead of their meeting with last season’s Championship play-off winners.
Aston Villa lost 3-0 to Liverpool FC’s title rivals Manchester City at The Etihad last weekend.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing the Reds to ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
“Villa played all right against Manchester City last week, but still ended up being beaten 3-0,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I just have a feeling we might be saying similar things about their performance against Liverpool after the final whistle on Saturday, and with a similar outcome too.”
Lawrenson continued: “I only see a Liverpool win on Saturday, though.
“The Reds deserved their victory over Tottenham last weekend, and it almost felt inevitable even when they were behind.
“They wore Spurs down in the end, and they just seem to have this belief that they can come from any situation and rescue a result.”
Liverpool FC haven’t won the Premier League title but have finished in second place on four different occasions under four different managers.