Liverpool will be boarding the team bus bound for Birmingham with a spring in their steps with Villa Park a three-point Shangri-La for the club in recent seasons, however after the home side’s positive start to the season the Anfield side are worth taking on. Whatever happens, there should be goals.
The last four seasons have seen Liverpool beat Villa on home turf three times and they’re 9/10 for victory this term, with the draw 13/5 and 11/4 the price about success for Paul Lambert’s men.
However, Villa’s early performances this season suggest that for the first time since the unsustainable highs of the Martin O’Neill era they are a team going in the right direction.
As a result backing the Villains at 9/10 in the double chance market could be the way to go.
Liverpool were second only to Manchester United in terms of road goals in 2012/13, but drew or lost 12 of their 19 away games nonetheless.
Being able to register so many times would suggest a certain degree of openness in their playing style and that seems to be backed up by the fact that they kept a mere three clean sheets in those fixtures.
It’s 3/5 that both sides score in the match and with Reds kryptonite Christian Benteke in lethal form he should ensure Villa keep up their side of the bargain.
The beastly Belgian has hit the back of the net in his last two Premier League games and racked up three goals in two meetings with Brendan Rodgers’ men last season.
His strikes against Arsenal and Chelsea mean Benteke has now scored seven goals in his last six league games and given his previous taste for inflicting punishment on Liverpool he must be backed to score anytime at 8/5.
With just one of those goals the first or last of the match, the anytime bet looks a more canny choice than backing him to start or end the scoring, especially given both sides are expected to net.