After their opening weekend defeat against Watford, Villa have recovered well, beating Newcastle in the league and thrashing Barrow in the Carabao Cup, but they may have to settle for a point against Brentford this weekend.
Dean Smith’s side have shown some promise as they adjust to life without Jack Grealish and on paper, this tie against their newly promoted rivals offers the chance for another three points, but the Bees are not to be underestimated.
Smith’s old side have taken three points off Arsenal and earned a solid draw against Crystal Palace, building their efforts on solid defence and strong organisation, and I’m backing them to pick up another point at Villa Park.
There’s a small field for this Group Three stayers’ contest in memory of John Dunlop and Nagano looks a good bet to land the win.
The Roger Varian three-year-old didn’t have the clearest of runs when finishing sixth in the King George V, but he fared better last time when winning a decent twelve-furlong contest at this course, and the extra two furlongs should be ideal.
The consistent Dancing King from the Mark Johnston stable could be the main danger, and it will be interesting to see how Juan de Montalban fares on his first run for David O’Meara, but Nagano is on the up and looks the one to beat here.
Liverpool have made a perfect start to their campaign, scoring five without reply in seeing off Norwich and Burnley, but they face a far tougher test this weekend.
The visitors have an identical record, after wins over Arsenal and Crystal Palace and seem to have improved another level for the addition of Romelu Lukaku; the specialist goalscorer that they have been lacking in recent seasons.
With both sides in top form, this promises to be a classic, and Liverpool will see it as a chance to make an important point against a key rival, but Chelsea are formidable opponents with a good record against other top-four teams and I think they can earn a point from their trip to Anfield.
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