Liverpool’s past meets the present as Aston Villa host Liverpool at Villa Park this evening.
Aston Villa Head Coach, Steven Gerrard and key attacking midfielder, Phillips Coutinho both used to play for the Reds. They will both be eager to do well against their former team.
The home side are already safe but will welcome a chance to win and move into the top half of the table.
Steven Gerrard raised eyebrows earlier when he stated that he would like Aston Villa to repeat their shock 7-2 win.
Some Liverpool fans might not have liked it, but that competitive spirit is what endeared their former captain to them for so long. They can and should not expect him to do them any favors in their bid to catch City.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool H2H
In 43 games, the home side have won just 8 times compared to Liverpool’s 25 wins. 10 draws complete the count.
In the English Premier league, Aston Villa are 11th on the log with 43 points from 34 games while Liverpool are 2nd with 83 points from 35 games.
The two teams already met once this season at Anfield where Liverpool won 1-0.
Aston Villa have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five games (W-W-D-L-L) while Liverpool have won four and drawn one of their last five games (D-W-W-W-W)
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Team news
Leon Bailey(Ankle injury), Jacob Ramsey (Groin Injury) and Kortney Hause (Abdominal injury) are all injured and are expected to miss tonight’s game.
Expected Aston Villa lineup: Emiliano Martinez. Matty Cash, Calum Chambers, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne. John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Tim Iroegbunam. Phillipe Coutinho. Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins. (4-3-1-2)
Liverpool’s only absence is Robert Firminho. The Brazilian forward missed the last couple of matches with a foot injury and is a doubt for this game.
Expected Liverpool lineup: Alisson. Trent-Alexander Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson. Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson. Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
Liverpool average 2.5 goals per game (the joint-best in the division, compared to Aston Villa’s 1.4 goals per game.
Liverpool concede just 0.7 goals per game, twice as good as Aston Villa’s concession of 1.4 goals per game.
The away side regularly controls games, reflected by their 63% average possession stats and 524.1 accurate passes per game compared with Aston Villa’s 46.4% average possession and 309.9 successful passes per game.
Liverpool excel at pressing high to win the ball closer to the opposition’s goal reflected in their league-leading 7.5 possessions won in the final third/game. Aston Villa rank last in this category in the English Premier League, averaging just 3.6 final third possessions won/game.
Aston Villa have received 76 yellow cards this season, 27 more than Liverpool’s 49 yellow cards. The home side have also received 2 red cards this season, compared to Liverpool’s 0 red cards.
With 36 corner kicks in their last three games against Aston Villa, Liverpool are averaging 12 corner kicks/game in that period.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction
Back the expert prediction and bet on Liverpool to win away @ 1.48
Liverpool’s propensity to press high and win the ball in the opposition final third, coupled with Aston Villa’s habit of committing unnecessary fouls means a bet on cards could be on. Bet on Aston Villa to receive over 1.5 bookings @ 1.53
Finally, bet on Mo Salah to score in this game @ . The Egyptian will be eager to score and hold off Heung Min-Son’s challenge for the Golden Boot
Liverpool’s corner kick average over the last three games of this fixture is 12 corner kicks/game. Bet on over 6.5 away corners @ 1.70
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