Liverpool will play at home for the first time since the opening weekend of the Premier League as they prepare to take on Aston Villa and Tom Cleverley in Saturday’s evening kick-off.
After a disappointing defeat to fellow title challengers Man City, Liverpool got back on the horse with a convincing win against a lacklustre Tottenham side. Daniel Sturridge looks like he is going to miss this weekend’s game through a thigh injury, so will The Red Men have enough goals in the team to get the job done against Villa?
Paul Lambert’s side have arguably been the surprise package so far and are one of only three sides who remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
After being tipped for relegation by many fans and pundits across the nation, the Villains currently sit third in the league and will be travelling to Anfield full of confidence. Will they still be unbeaten after the weekend?
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Despite Villa keeping clean sheets in their first two games of the season, we expect their defence to be breached by Liverpool… and more than once. The Anfield faithful will be looking forward to see their side in full force once more and the fine form of Raheem Sterling suggests that he will be the man to ignite Liverpool’s performance. Expect him to get his name on the score sheet.
Each side have netted in three of their last five fixtures, with the last fixture at Anfield producing a score draw thriller back in January. Liverpool have notched six goals in their first three fixtures while The Villains have scored three times this season. Villa have scored in each of their last three visits to Liverpool.
Aston Villa have enjoyed success in recent visits to Anfield – they haven’t lost there in three games, winning once and drawing twice. They have become somewhat of a bogey side to Liverpool and have scored six times in those three visits. However, we expect the new and improved Liverpool defence to have done their homework and their clean sheet at White Hart Lane will have given them confidence.
Over 2.5 goals is the closest thing you’ll get to a dead cert this weekend. As mentioned, Villa are accustomed to scoring goals at Anfield and there has been over 2.5 goals scored in 16 of Liverpool’s last 17 Premier League games.
WF tips: Over 2.5 goals
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