Liverpool vs Aston Villa Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Premier League
A classy Liverpool won 3-0 at Arsenal in the previous Premier League (PL) round, but returning to Anfield may not be welcomed considering their last six league wins have come on the road – only the second time during their history in which that’s happened. However, after a 3-1 midweek defeat at Real Madrid, Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways as they chase a top-five place, especially as they’re seeking revenge after Aston Villa thumped them by an astonishing 7-2 score line in the reverse fixture.
Currently on a six-game losing league run at home for the first time since 1953/54 – a season that saw Liverpool finish bottom of England’s top flight – the ‘Reds’ have now failed to score with their last 115 PL shots at Anfield. Desperate for goals, four of Liverpool’s last five H2H home strikes have arrived after the 55th minute, so their beleaguered fans may need to wait a little longer.
Villa still have European-place ambitions after their 3-1 win vs Fulham last time out. That fixture made a slice of history as it was the first-ever PL game in which every starting player was born after the competition’s first match (15 August, 1992)! Furthermore, that result took Villa’s win tally to 13 for the campaign (W13, D5, L11), already more than they’ve managed in each of their previous seven top-flight seasons.
Although underdogs, Villa can take inspiration from a 62.50% unbeaten rate as a PL away outsider this term (W4, D1, L3), and that, coupled with conceding just one opener across their last six PL road trips (W2, D2, L2), should make them tough opponents.
Players to score: After scoring in midweek, Mohamed Salah has now grabbed a second-half strike in three of Liverpool’s last four games. Ollie Watkins also netted last time out, but it was his memorable first-half hat-trick in the reverse fixture that fuelled Villa’s famous 7-2 win.
Hot stat: Four of the last six H2Hs featured 2+ first-half goals.
Prediction: Liverpool  vs  Aston Villa