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Premier League: Aston Villa vs Liverpool preview

Kick-off: Sunday, 14 February @14:05 GMT

Venue: Villa Park (Aston Villa)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Liverpool vs Aston Villa 3-2 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Aston Villa vs Liverpool 2-1 (2014/2015 FA Cup)
Aston Villa vs Liverpool 0-2 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Aston Villa 0-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Aston Villa 2-2 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction

Following a 2-0 win over Norwich City in the relegation six-pointer, Aston Villa will be looking to move closer to the safe zone with a victory over Liverpool at their Villa Park. The Reds dropped a two-goal advantage against Sunderland and they are desperate to pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash as well.

Fans still believe, but…

Aston Villa have been struggling in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but a win over Norwich City at the weekend definitely helped the rock-bottom side keep their hopes of securing the top flight survival alive. The Villans are eight points behind the “safe zone”, meaning that they have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Remi Garde’s men have yet to suffer a loss at their Villa Park in 2016, but the game against Liverpool will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goal since March at the weekend and it remains to be seen if that helped the experienced attacker regain a much-needed confidence. Remi Garde has a number of selection worries ahead of the visit of Liverpool, but no doubt the relegation strugglers will leave their hearts on the field this time out.

Jordan Amavi, Adama Traore, Libor Kozak and Rudy Gestede are all sidelined with injury, while Jordan Ayew misses the match through suspension. Midfielder Carlos Sanchez is unlikely to recover in time to face Liverpool.

What the hell is happening with Liverpool?

Liverpool produced a fine display in the second half of Saturday’s match against Sunderland, they were in control of the game, but, all of the sudden, they conceded two late goals and eventually shared the spoils with the relegation-threatened side. To make things even worse for the fans, the Reds suffered a loss to West Ham United in the FA Cup replay and, no doubt, Jurgen Klopp is under big pressure ahead of the trip to Aston Villa. Liverpool are one of those unpredictable sides and I would not be surprised if they pick up all three points from Sunday’s game. The good news for the fans is that Daniel Sturridge has overcome his injury and many people believe that he is going to help the Reds start scoring on a more consistent basis. Anyhow, a man to watch in the away team will be Roberto Firmino, who has been in a thrilling form ever since Jurgen Klopp took over the reins.

Dejan Lovren should be fit to play against Aston Villa, but Joe Gomez and Martin Skrtel are both out of contention with injury. Daniel Sturridge is fit as well, but he is likely to start from the bench.

Quick Facts

  • Aston Villa aim to extend their unbeaten run at home to five matches
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in Aston Villa’s last five matches at Villa Park
  • Liverpool are on a four-match winless run at the moment
  • Reds conceded eight goals in previous three away games in EPL
  • Jurgen Klopp’s team are eyeing their sixth away triumph of the season

Aston Villa vs Liverpool betting tip

Both Aston Villa and Liverpool are eager to return to winning ways and I am positive that both sides will go for a win in Sunday’s clash at Villa Park. The Villans managed to score in each of their previous four home fixtures and seeing that the Reds have been scoring goals for fun under Jurgen Klopp, both teams to score bet appears on the horizon.

Tip: Both teams to score

Odds: 2.10 (11/10) @Betfair

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