Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Five key battles to determine FA Cup semi-final

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Liverpool and Aston Villa have both beaten each other already this season…

The Reds might head into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final as favourites but Brendan Rodgers and co will be all too aware of the threat Aston Villa will carry, particularly since they’ve already won at Anfield this season.

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Both sides have improved during the second-half of the season, with Tim Sherwood inspiring our opponent’s recent revival since his arrival as manager. With a Wembley final to play for, nothing is a given in this game.

Here are the five key battles that will determine Sunday’s match…

5) Lucas Leiva vs Tom Cleverley

The former Manchester United man has endured an indifferent season on loan from Old Trafford but has the big-game experience on his side. The former England international won’t be fazed by playing at Wembley and will surely be determined to prove his many critics wrong. The man who will be looking to mark him out of the game is our Brazilian enforcer, who will continue his usual role of sweeping up the pieces in front of the back-line.

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