Aston Villa will be hoping to end what has been a disappointing season on a high when they welcome fellow early-season under-performers Liverpool.
However, history is not on the side of the Villans, with Gerard Houllier’s charges having won only once in their last ten encounters with Sunday’s opponents.
The Merseysiders also have the added incentive of knowing that beating Villa away – and hoping Tottenham slip up against Birmingham – will clinch the final Europa League qualification spot for next term.
Currently leading the Premier League form table, the Reds were well on their way to booking their spot in the competition until last weekend’s 2-0 loss at home to Spurs.
The match would appear to mean little for the Villans, who languish in 13th place in the league, both safe from relegation and not in sight of the European placings.
As such, the sensible money is likely to be placed on Kenny Dalglish’s side. They can be backed to secure a victory at Villa Park at 23/20, with a successful £10 bet returning £21.50.
However, Hollier’s men should not be underestimated as they have scored in their past seven league clashes and will be all the more confident with an in-form Darren Bent at their disposal.
The former Sunderland striker netted his 16th and 17th goals this season in their 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, both of which came in the game’s opening 15 minutes.
Betting £10 on Villa to win the game returns £31.50, while punters expecting a stalemate can back the draw at 47/20.
England front man Bent’s odds of 7/5 to score at any time also look like a tempting proposition.
Prior to their defeat to Spurs, Liverpool were also in some impressive scoring form, netting 13 times in three matches, with seven of those credited to Maxi Rodriguez.
The Argentinean is priced at 23/10 to score at any time and 8/1 to break the deadlock.
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