The match is over.
Top of the table Liverpool travel to Villa Park this weekend to take on newly promoted Aston Villa.
Liverpool’s Premier League title credentials were severely tested on the weekend as they had to come from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds also had to come behind in their previous match against Manchester United to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Aston Villa on the other hand, lost 3-0 away to Manchester City on Saturday, which ended a run of three games without a loss for the Lions.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN BY A TWO GOAL MARGIN
Both these sides have midweek League Cup fixtures coming up on Wednesday, with Villa hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool welcoming Arsenal to Anfield. Both teams could use their ties as a chance to rotate in some of the squad players with an eye on their weekend fixture.
MATCH TO END WITH OVER 3.5 GOALS
Liverpool have only kept two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, a 1-0 victory away to Sheffield United and a 3-0 win at Burnley. Meanwhile, Villa have failed to score in just three of their 10 leagues games to date and have the joint sixth best attacking record in the division with 15 goals scored so far.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
With Liverpool looking to lift their first league title since 1990 and stay ahead of Man City at the top of the table, nothing other than a win here against a side struggling down towards the foot of the table will be accepted.
GAME TO END 1-3
Head to Head
The last game at Villa Park in the Premier League between these two sides ended in a 6-0 win for the Reds in February 2016. Liverpool have the better of the historical head to head in winning 83 of the last 169 matches played by both sides in all competitions, Villa have managed 50 victories in that period, while there have been 36 draws.
The match to end in a Liverpool win.
Aston Villa kept Man City scoreless in the first half of their game on Saturday afternoon before capitulating in the second as the Citizens ran out 3-0 winners in the end. Coach Dean Smith will be sweating on the news of the fitness of his captain Jack Grealish who picked up a knock on the weekend.
Liverpool had to come from behind to beat Spurs on the weekend and will want to make sure that this game goes a lot smoother than Sunday’s. Coach Jurgen Klopp will have to do without the services of Nathaniel Clyne who is a long-term injury absentee, and Xherdan Shaqiri who is close to making a return. Meanwhile Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, and Joel Matip have all picked up knocks and face late fitness tests ahead of this game.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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