Aston Villa v Liverpool: Predictions, tips, betting odds & match preview
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Predictions
Defending champions Liverpool will look to extend their perfect start to the new Premier League season when they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday evening.
Following 4-3 and 2-0 victories over Leeds United and Chelsea, respectively, the Reds put in a commanding performance to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Monday, leaving them level with Leicester City and Everton on nine points from three games.
However, they face a Villa side also looking to maintain a 100% record, with Dean Smith’s men taking six points from two games so far against Sheffield United and Fulham.
The Villains have had a strong transfer window, bringing in the likes of Emiliano Martinez, Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore and, most recently, Ross Barkley, and will be looking for a much more comfortable season than 2019/20 proved to be.
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Team News
Liverpool will be without in-form forward Sadio Mane after he tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and as such, will now go into self-isolation. Thiago Alcantara will also miss out with the virus meaning that Liverpool will be desperate for skipper Jordan Henderson to pass a late fitness test.
Jack Grealish has been confirmed as fit for this tough fixture for the Villains, but manager Dean Smith will be without a raft of potential first-teamers including Tom Heaton, Kortney Hause, Bjorn Engels and forward Wesley. Merseyside-born Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley could make his debut here however.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Team Stats
Although this could be a very close affair, there will be few backing against a Liverpool win here. Jurgen Klopp’s men are on a run of five consecutive Premier League wins over Villa, while the Reds have lost just one of their last 19 away ties with the second-city club.
Sadio Mane popped up in the 94th minute to hand Liverpool a 2-1 comeback win at Villa Park last season and the Senegal international has a total of six career goals against Aston Villa to date – but unfortunately for the Reds he will miss this one following his positive test for COVID-19.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Squawka Says
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Head to Head
5 July 2020 — Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
17 December 2019 — Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool (League Cup)
2 November 2019 — Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
14 February 2016 — Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool
26 September 2015 — Liverpool 3-2 Aston Villa
Aside from their 5-0 thrashing in the League Cup last season — when Liverpool played their youth side due to Club World Cup commitments — Liverpool have dominated this fixture in recent meetings, winning each of their last five in the Premier League and scoring 15 goals along the way.
Last season, the Reds were made to work hard for their 2-0 and 2-1 wins over Smith’s side and that could be the case once again here, given Villa’s current form.