Liverpool v Aston Villa Preview

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Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPremiership action Saturday Evening comes from Anfield Stadium and features Liverpool versus Aston Villa.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 17:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Liverpool v Aston Villa Preview, Premiership, Saturday 18th January 2014

Liverpool head into this game on saturday evening having so far had one of their best season’s in the Premiership for a very long time and with the club only 6pts behind current league leaders Arsenal, manager Brendan Rogers and his players are still very much in with a chance of winning the title.

However that will all depend on them winning games like this one at home as any defeat at this stage could see that dream of securing the first League Title since 1990 become just a distant memory.

Aston Villa have started to fall down the league table in recent weeks and head into this game having only managed to secure just one victory from their last five matches, which came away against struggling sunderland at the Stadium of Light back on New Years Day and it does seem that any hopes of playing European football next season are well and truly gone now.

As such the main aim for the club now must be to avoid becoming involved in a relagation fight for survival, so any points they can pick up from this game on saturday afternoon would certainly help as they are only 5pts from away from the relegation zone currently.

Liverpool Team News:

Daniel Agger, José Enrique and Joe Allen all remain unavailable for the hosts as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are expected to lead the attack up front and add further to their already impressive combined tally of 32 league goals scored this season.

Aston Villa Team News:

Jores Okore, Chris Herd, Charles N’Zogbia and Libor Kozák are all unavailable for the visitors as each player continues to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Agbonlahor and Benteke who have scored 8 league goals between them so far this season will lead the attack up front.

Liverpool v Aston Villa Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday evening’s game from Anfield Stadium will become the 164th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Liverpool have won 80 times (51 at Anfield Stadium), Aston Villa have won 48 times (14 at Anfield Stadium) and there has been 35 Draws (16 at Anfield Stadium).

The previous 5 meetings below in our head to head statistics show Sunderland with a clear advantage having won 3 times with Aston Villa having managed 1 victory and the remaining game finishing all square.

24/08/13 PRL Aston Villa – Liverpool 0 : 1
31/03/13 PRL Aston Villa – Liverpool 1 : 2
15/12/12 PRL Liverpool – Aston Villa
1 : 3
07/04/12 PRL Liverpool – Aston Villa 1 : 1
18/12/11 PRL Aston Villa – Liverpool 0 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

507 goals have been scored in the previous 163 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 3.11 and with there having been (261 goals scored at Anfield Stadium) from the previous 81 matches played there, we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 3.22, which strongly suggests that this game on saturday evening should see a few goals scored.

Liverpool v Aston Villa Recent Form (Left to Right)

Liverpool: L L W W W

Aston Villa: L D W L L

Liverpool have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having won 3 of their last 5 matches played. Aston Villa have struggled in recent weeks having only managed to win 1 of their last 5 played, of which they have lost 3.

Liverpool v Aston Villa Match Betting Odds Market

Liverpool have a certain player in their side called Luis Suarez, who despite missing a number of games at the start of the new season, has already become the leading top goalscorer in the Premiership with an impressive 22 goals scored, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers making the hosts the clear odds on favourites to win this game on saturday evening with a current best price of 1/4 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw did happen in this fixture last season, but with the way Liverpool are playing at the moment it does look unlikely to happen again in this match as the current best price of 11/2 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) clearly suggests.

Aston Villa are not playing well at the moment and although Benteke has started to find his scoring boots, I still can’t see them winning this match on saturday afternoon and although their current best price of 14/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) is very much on the large side, it is going to take only the brave punters around to even think about taking it.

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Liverpool v Aston Villa Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This should be another comfortable victory for Brendan Rogers side as with home advantage where they play some of their best stuff Aston Villa look to be in for a very difficult evening indeed and their whole defence must be dreading this match at having to try and defend against Luis Suarez.

Aston Villa did cause a bit of a shock in this fixture last season when winning 1-0 and it would certainly be some feat indeed if they managed to do it again, but with the way the side have been performing of late, it does look a highly unlikely event despite Benteke having seemingly found his scoring boots since returning from injury.

The average goal statistics are expecting this game to see plenty of goals and with Luis Suarez in the form of his life at the moment he should definitely be able to add to his already impressive tally of 22 league goals this season, so it might be worth trying Luis Suarez to Score 2 or More Goals @ 13/8 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers).

However, with Daniel Sturridge pushing to be one of the main starting players for England in the World Cup this summer he could also possibly get his name on the score-sheet here and Daniel Sturridge to Score Anytime @ 5/6 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) is my main prediction for this game.

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