Liverpool vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : The 3rd week of the premier league has a bunch of interesting matchups with the defending champs Liverpool taking on Aston Villa in an away clash.
Aston Villa had a bright start to the season with two wins in two games and are riding high on confidence. The reigning champions Liverpool have wasted no time to get back to groove with a flying start for the season. With Aston Villa the underdogs, it will help them take some pressure off and hold off the reds whereas the Reds would want three points on Sunday.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
The 2019 season didn’t particularly go well for Aston Villa after getting promoted to the premier league. They finished a dismal 17th and were on the verge of yet another relegation. Surprisingly, they made it to the finals of the EFL Cup but stumbled in the final.
In FA Cup, they couldn’t move beyond third round last year. But the first few games have given them a ray of hope for the 2020 season. They are on an unbeaten run in the last six games and have won all their last six games that includes two Premier League wins against Fulham and Sheffield United. On the whole, it looks like a wrong thing to write off Aston Villa.
After winning the premier league and finishing as the runners-up to Arsenal in the community shield final, Liverpool have continued to be the best team in England so far. Their side looks the most sorted and settled that enables them to give a string of good performances.
In the last five matches, they have won all five games with wins against Chelsea and Arsenal. They will be looking for yet another top spot at the end of this season for which every win counts.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Premier League prediction and betting analysis: Head-to-head
This matchup is quite peculiar. Even though it looks like Liverpool has been the one with most wins, Aston Villa have sprung surprises whenever they have played against the Reds. In fact, Aston Villa have nothing to lose and will go all-attack to force the result whereas Liverpool are a champion side who have a winning habit.
The two sides have met on 39 occasions until now in which Liverpool have won 22 games with Aston Villa securing just 7 triumphs. The teams have scored an average of 2.67 goals per match in direct contests. Even though Liverpool have won the last four games out of five, Aston Villa thrashed them 5-0 in an away game in 2019 December. It is a matter of one bad day for Liverpool and the polar opposite for Aston Villa.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : : Offensive and defensive stats
The Aston Villa is probably going to field a conventional 4-3-3 lineup that gives them the proper mix of attack and defense required. The Liverpool will go in with the same 4-3-3 formation that has time and again shook the best opponents in Europe.
The Liverpool attack is hands down the better and the one to watch out for in this clash. Sadio Mane has been sharp and the game changer for the team in the recent games. He has 3 goals in 3 matches along with 83.5% pass success and 4.3 shots per game.
He will be joined by one of the best strikers Mo Salah who single-handedly save the day for Liverpool in the opener with three goals. Even though he hasn’t scored since then, he has 5.7 shots per game along with 80% success. He also creates 3.7 key passes and 3.3 dribbles per game that will definitely rattle the defense.
Firmino was exceptional in other games but will be looking to open his account in premier league on Sunday. The Brazilian forward has 0.3 success in the air along with 7 goals and an assist in the last 18 outings. The attack of the Aston Villa will have to be hungry and eat into Liverpool’s defense.
Ollie Watkins will lead the frontline with 2 goals in 4 outings. He has been exceptional in aerial duels winning an average of 6.5 per game along with 2.5 shots and 1.5 key passes per game.
Jack Grealish will join him whose strength is to create chances and to dribble exceptionally. He has so far scored twice along with 90% pass success, 2 dribbles and 2 key passes every match.
The Aston Villa’s defense will have to be top notch in order to stop one of best attacks. Tyrone Mings who is a center back is versatile and can counter attack very well. The English defender has 80% pass completion along with 7.5 clears per match which speaks of the effort he puts.
Ezri Konsa is very strong in controlling possession and giving important crosses. He has about 89.3% pass completion success, an average of 3 aerials won per match along with 0.7 tackles and 1 interception every match. The left and right defenders Cash and Targett will have to make sure that they guard the sides pretty well so that they clear any attack coming their way. There is not much to be told about Liverpool’s world class defense.
Virgil Van Dijk will be the leader of the pack and is one of the best in business. He enjoys 84.1% pass success along with 2.8 clears and 1.2 tackles per game recently. He not only defends but occasionally scores an important brace for the reds.
Joseph Gomez has got a beautiful opportunity to prove himself. He is incredibly good in aerial duels along with sharp passing skills. He has 90% success in passes, 2.5 aerials won per game and 2.8 clears per game which is often under appreciated.
Andrew Robertson will most probably play as the left back defender for the team who holds on to the ball pretty well and frustrates the opponent’s attack. He has 83% pass completion rate along with a goal, an assist and 1.6 clears in the last 10 appearances.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : analysis
The prediction experts and betting platforms are firmly expecting Liverpool to have a cakewalk with none of the platforms giving any significant chance to the opposition. The match is scheduled on 4th October at the Villa Park in the evening. Even though it’s Liverpool all the way, we can never write off Aston Villa in this clash.