Liverpool vs Aston Villa Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

  • Liverpool have a 100% winning record at Anfield in the Premier League this season.
  • Liverpool kept six clean sheets in their last eight home league matches.
  • Aston Villa lost six and drew two of their last eight league fixtures.
  • Aston Villa failed to score in four of their last six league contests.

Liverpool looking to bounce back

Liverpool’s first game as the newly crowned Premier League champions didn’t exactly go to plan in mid-week, and after they were applauded onto the pitch by Man City, the former title holders hammered the Reds 4-0 in a statement win.

Jurgen Klopp resisted the temptation to make any changes to his usual starting XI for the game, which made the one-sided result all the more galling.

However, things are expected to go much smoother when Liverpool play their first game back at Anfield since their championship win when they host relegation favourites Aston Villa.

Liverpool, armed with a perfect 16 out of 16 winning record in the red half of Merseyside this term, should prove far too powerful a force for the ailing Villains to resist on Sunday, even if Klopp decides to shuffle his pack to include some young and fringe squad members.

Villa running out of time

Aston Villa meanwhile, remain firmly embroiled in a battle for survival, though the Villains did move up one place to third from bottom in mid-week when Bournemouth’s battering at home to Newcastle improved their goal difference in comparison to the Cherries’.

A trip to Anfield could tip the scales back in Bournemouth’s favour however, and having watched his team lose six and draw two of their last eight Premier League assignments, Dean Smith would probably be content to keep the score to respectable levels on Sunday.

Bizarrely, Aston Villa walloped Liverpool 5-0 when the teams last met in December, though the Villains faced an almost unrecognizable Reds side in that Carabao Cup clash.

Clean sheet on offer for Liverpool

Liverpool are understandably huge favourites to get straight back to winning ways at Aston Villa’s expense on Sunday, and a victory with a clean sheet for the Reds looks a likely outcome come full time at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s rearguard has been the Premier League’s meanest this season, conceding just 25 times in 32 fixtures since August, with only 12 of those conceded in front of the Kop.

Liverpool kept their visitors off the scoresheet in six of their last eight run outs at Anfield, and against a Villa team that failed to notch in four of their last six Premier League contests, the Reds should be relatively untroubled again.

With that considered, the Liverpool win to nil market holds plenty of interest at the prices quoted, while our correct score prediction forecasts a comfortable 3-0 home win.

Despite being crowned English league champions for the first time in 30-years, Liverpool’s mid-week mauling in Manchester will have taken the gloss of their celebrations somewhat, and with some pride to restore, we expect the Reds to put the foot on the gas on Sunday.

Liverpool plundered three or more goals in three of their last four league matches at Anfield, and have the firepower to run up a convincing winning margin again.

Anytime goalscorer betting tip: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is just two goals off the pace in the race to retain his Premier League Golden Boot award this season, and his recent run of scoring at Anfield indicates he has a big chance to add to his 17-goal tally for the campaign on Sunday.

The prolific Egyptian winger bagged five goals in his last four league appearances on Liverpool’s hallowed turf, and against an Aston Villa side that hold the division’s joint worst defensive record, Salah should have ample opportunities to boost his numbers.

Liverpool vs Aston Villa team news

Xherdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip are still unavailable for Liverpool, while centre-half Dejan Lovren remains a doubt.

Andrew Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum could drop out after poor showings against Man City, with James Milner and Naby Keita in line to replace them.

Klopp could be tempted to hand starts to players like Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Takumi Minamino, though the German rarely likes to disrupt his XI too much in the Premier League.

Liverpool predicted line-up: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Milner – Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Tom Heaton, Wesley, Bjorn Engels and Matt Targett have been ruled out for Aston Villa, while Frederic Guilbert and Henri Lansbury are considered doubts.

Former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina could start against his old club in place of the out of form Orjan Nyland.

Aston Villa predicted line-up: Reina – Konsa, Hause, Mings – Guilbert, Luiz, McGinn, Hourihane ,Taylor – Grealish, Davis

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