After victories over Manchester United and Brighton before the World Cup break, Unai Emery could make history against Liverpool and become the first ever Aston Villa manager to win each of his first three league games in charge of the club and push Villa into the top of half the table.
The Spaniard has revitlised the club since taking charge after Steven Gerrard was sacked in October, with Villa picking up more wins in their last four league games (3) than they had in their previous 15 under the former Liverpool midfielder (2). Having lost each of their previous four matches against the Reds, Villa will look to their famous 7-2 win over Jurgen Klopp’s men back in 2020 for inspiration and hope to record just their second win against Liverpool in the last nine league matches between the two sides.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat to Man City in the EFL Cup in midweek and win three straight Premier League games for the first time in 2022/23. A first away win of the season against Spurs, followed by a 3-1 home win against the Saints has put the Reds firmly back in the running for the Champions League places after a poor start to the season.
Despite a host of injury worries, Liverpool will be looking to make it six straight Boxing Day wins in the league, winning each of their last five matches by an aggregate score of 15-0, keeping five straight clean sheets.
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Match Stats
Darwin Nunez has been letting fly consistently since signing for Liverpool in the summer with varying degrees of success. The Uruguayan has averaged more shots per 90 than any other player in the Premier League with 5+ appearances so far this term (5.8), hitting the target with 50% of the time and finding the back of the net five times.
The forward has had 4+ shots in five of this seven league starts and in two of his three Champions League starts and needs just one more goal to make it into double figures for the season.
Danny Ings was in fine form before the mid-season break for the World Cup, scoring four goals in his last four Premier League matches, as many as he had in his previous 26. The forward also relishes facing his former clubs, having found the back of the net seven times as well as providing three assists in his last 12 Premier League matches against sides he has played for in the competition.