Aston Villa are on the third place in the Premier League table as they get ready to visit Anfield Road for a match up against Liverpool. The hosts looked solid last season at home and against Aston Villa it was where they dropped points while at home. This might be the reason why Liverpool look like the team with more to prove, especially since after the first several rounds Liverpool are one place behind Villa in the table.
The visitors don’t usually score much, and even with this downside they have managed seven points out of three matches. However they got eliminated from the League Cup early in the competition and have hellish fixtures coming up as they are set to meet Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in the upcoming match days. Their newest signing, the former Manchester United player, Tom Cleverley stated how happy he was of escaping the nightmare that was the Manchester based club. Gabby Agbonlahor has extended his contract with the club, which will put him in the forward line with Weimann as Christian Benteke is still recovering from his pre-season injury.
Ron Vlaar is yet to be submitted to a fitness test and see if he can start on Saturday, and judging by news coming in from Liverpool, the Reds are not doing good either. Brendan Rodgers has lashed out at the England national team for their treatment of Daniel Sturridge that sees the striker being out for two weeks. Rodgers has stated that the thigh injury could have been prevented, and until Sturridge gets back, Mario Balotelli will finally link with Sterling for the attack. In the first matches from this season, the hosts lacked creativity, but Alberto Moreno hopes this will be solved against Aston Villa.
Adam Lallana has passed a fitness test and should be called to action now that Coutinho has been tipped to replace Sturridge. Regardless of who Rodgers fields in attack, Liverpool are the overwhelming favorites to win with Ladbrokes giving them 1.28 odds for an outright win as opposed to Aston Villa’s 11.00. Mario Balotelli to score anytime is at 1.61 and Raheem Sterling at 2.37 with both Weimann and Abgonlahor at 5.00. Liverpool to score in both halves is at 1.83, Aston Villa at 9.00, and we’re betting 7 units on both teams to score and Liverpool to win at 2.80 with Ladbrokes.
Liverpool: Team’s Formation
Aston Villa: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Liverpool to win