Anfield, Liverpool, England
Key Stat: After not losing at home in 68 league matches, Liverpool have lost their last 6 Premier League games at Anfield.
Expert Verdict: Liverpool’s are certainly emerging from their awful period of form but it won’t be officially over until they halt their run of successive league defeats at Anfield. Wins and clean sheets at Wolves and Arsenal have shown excellent signs of recovery, but they are still a far cry from the all-swaggering, all-beating side from the 2019-20 season. Villa will have been delighted to end their run of poor form with three points at home against Fulham, however they still lack a cutting edge against the better teams in the division and may struggle to break down Liverpool if Grealish remains absent.
Liverpool in 7th and Aston Villa in 9th both registered victories in last week’s fixtures. The win for the Reds has kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive. Due to slip-ups from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur they are only three points behind West Ham with eight games remaining. For Aston Villa, the eagerly anticipated return of Jack Grealish didn’t materialise but they still came from behind to beat Fulham 3-1. Victory for Villa would see them move only two points off Liverpool with a game in hand. The Premier League match takes place on April 10 and the live action kicks off at 15:00 local time.
Defenders:Trent Alexander Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson
Midfielders:Thiago, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum
Forwards:Mohamed Salah, Diego Jota, Sadio Mane
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Defensive Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, Morgan Sanson
Attacking Midfielders:Bertrand Traore, John McGinn, Trezeguet
The reverse fixture, played behind closed doors earlier in the season, will be talked about for years to come as Aston Villa defeated Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park. There were goals from Ollie Watkins (3), Jack Grealish (2), John McGinn and Ross Barkley with Mohamed Salah hitting the two consolation strikes for the champions. That result also went against the historical trend, Liverpool have won 97 times against Villa compared with 59 defeats and 40 draws.
Liverpool are favourites and can be backed at 20/39 with 10Bet to win
Both teams to score has been set at 3/4 with Betway
Mohamed Salah is 5/7 with 10Bet to score at any time
If Dean Smith is still unable to call on Jack Grealish then it will make Aston Villa’s trip to Anfield all the more difficult. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will undoubtedly still be nervous and carrying a hangover from previous league defeats, but if they don’t have to face Grealish’s guile then it will give them a boost. We are backing both sides to score and Liverpool to avenge the heavy league defeat from October, but in not quite the same style.