Kick-off: 1630, 05/07/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool’s Premier League title celebrations were cut short at Manchester City but the Reds should resume winning ways when hosting Aston Villa at Anfield.
However, the stats do suggest that third-from-bottom Villa could give the newly-crowned champions a decent work-out in the opening period.
Dean Smith’s side have only trailed at the interval twice in nine away trips to clubs currently in the top half of the table.
That makes 16/5 for Draw HT/Liverpool FT a value bet for our initial Liverpool vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool were lively early on at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, with Mohamed Salah testing Ederson and then hitting the post.
Some sloppy defending then saw them slip to a 4-0 defeat on a sobering night in Manchester, but Jurgen Klopp insists he remains focused on finishing the season strongly.
The German stated: “If someone said the result didn’t matter for my team, I cannot help them.
“Yes, results matter a lot. We want to win football games – that is the reason we work in the training ground.”
Beating City’s record haul of 100 points from two seasons ago may prove one motivating factor, with the Reds on 86 and having six matches left to play.
“Now we make sure we are ready for Aston Villa and the points tally at the end of the season is the result of the results we collect until then,” added Klopp.
One man who can be relied upon to keep going is Salah, as he chases a third straight Golden Boot success.
In eight previous home games against teams in the bottom nine, he has netted nine times, so 14/5 for him to break the deadlock is added to our Liverpool vs Aston Villa betting tips.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa are in the relegation zone following a run of eight top-flight fixtures without a victory and face a quick return to the Championship.
They managed just one shot on target when going down 1-0 at home to Wolves last weekend and are still to face Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton in a daunting run-in.
However, Tyrone Mings insisted on Villa TV: “We have a great belief in the dressing room, I don’t believe for any moment we’ll throw the towel in.
“We are working tirelessly to try to pick up the points we need. It’s a very tough division, but it’ll come if we stick together.”
The Midlands outfit did push Liverpool hard in a 2-1 home defeat back in November, leading through Trezeguet’s 21st-minute strike until conceding a couple of late sickeners.
Villa have also shown enough when visiting other big clubs to suggest they can grab a consolation goal here, having scored away to Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Aston Villa odds, we like 19/2 for a 3-1 home victory.
Last Villa line-up: Nyland, Konsa, Targett, Hause, Mings, Luiz, Grealish, Nakamba, Hourihane, Samatta, Davis.
Man City 4-0 LIVERPOOL
ASTON VILLA 0-1 Wolves
Head-to-head: Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool, Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
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