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Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Predictions
Liverpool didn’t have long to wait before exacting revenge on Aston Villa after Dean Smith’s side delivered that shock 7-2 defeat on the reigning champions in early autumn, putting the Villans to the sword 4-1 in the FA Cup third round in January, and now the clubs meet once again, this time converging on Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be licking their wounds after Real Madrid comprehensively took them apart in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash in midweek, but the German will want to ensure his side don’t feel too sorry for themselves on Saturday, as missing out on the top four is a genuine possibility.
As it stands, West Ham miraculously occupy the final Champions League qualification place, with the Reds just three points adrift of the capital club, but the chasing pack remains stacked full of elite quality, including the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham, so Klopp will know the importance of this weekend’s contest.
Villa have just fallen behind in the top-four race recently, with their dip in form coinciding with the loss of Jack Grealish to injury, but Smith has weathered the storm to keep his side somewhat competitive and he will now be looking to complete a Premier League double over Liverpool for the first time since the inaugural season in 1992/93 under Ron Atkinson.
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Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
Few players relish taking on Villa more than Sadio Mane, who has netted eight goals in just seven appearances against the club across spells with Southampton and Liverpool, the latter of whom he has scored for in all three matches he has appeared (four goals), including a brace in the FA Cup earlier this year.
Quite incredibly there has been a total of 14 goals netted between these clubs this season, nine in the league match at Villa park, and five in the cup encounter. In fact, there have been over 2.5 goals in seven of their last eight meetings across all competitions, so expect a goal-fest to whet the footballing appetite just after Man City and Leeds meet in the lunchtime kick-off.
04 Oct 2020 – Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool – Premier League
05 Jul 2020 – Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa – Premier League
17 Dec 2019 – Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool – League Cup
02 Nov 2019 – Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool – Premier League
The nine-goal thriller at Villa Park will remain one of the most intense and shocking results in Premier League history. At the time, few knew how susceptible Liverpool were, having steamrollered to the title the season before, and this was the match before Virgil van Dijk’s horror-injury, adding to the wonder of the host’s goalscoring free-for-all and the amazement of Ollie Watkins’ hat-trick.