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Last year's Barclays Premier League runners-up are in action on Sky Sports this weekend, as they host Aston Villa at Anfield.

Paul Lambert takes his side north for the Saturday tea-time kick-off, to be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 5:30pm on September 13th.

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Villa sit third in the league at present, having been unbeaten so far in 2014-15 - excluding a Capital One Cup loss to Leyton Orient.

Narrow victories against Stoke City and Hull City sandwiched a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United, giving the Villans seven points after three games.

However, Liverpool represent their biggest challenge yet this season.

Brendan Rodgers' new-look side lie a point behind Villa in fifth, having registered two wins and a loss in their opening games.

Liverpool have beaten Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, but were found wanting against the champions Manchester City.

The Reds will fancy their chances against Aston Villa - a side they took four points from last season.

But with Luis Suarez gone and Daniel Sturridge injured, new signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert will have to hit the ground running.

Sky Sports subscribers have two more Barclays Premier League games to look forward to this weekend, starting with Manchester United v QPR on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 4pm).

Louis van Gaal will hope his raft of new signings - including £59.7 million-man Angel Di Maria - can do the business against the promoted Hoops.

United have had a woeful start - including three winless league games and a humiliating Capital One cup exit - and badly need a win to boost confidence at Old Trafford.

QPR have three points to their name so far, having won 1-0 at home to Sunderland, and will be hopeful of causing an upset.

The third Barclays Premier League match of the weekend on Sky Sports is Hull City v West Ham United on Monday night (kick-off 8pm).

Hull were one of the busier sides on transfer deadline day, bringing in striker Abel Hernandez, wingers Hatem Ben Arfa and Gastón Ramírez, and midfielder Mohamed Diame before the window slammed shut.

The new signings add competition to a squad that has one won, drawn one and lost one of the opening league games, but tumbled out of the UEFA Europa League.

West Ham have a win and two defeats so far, with Sam Allardyce's side losing at home to Southampton and Spurs but winning away at Crystal Palace.

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