Aston Villa vs Liverpool
England – FA Cup
Date: Friday, 8 January 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park.
The Reds have a score to settle. Earlier in the season, they were defeated by this same opponent in the league, by a massive 7-2 scorecard. And ever since Jurgen Klopp’s men have not resembled the juggernauts they were in the previous year.
They are still at the top of the table, but have played an extra game, and arch-rivals Manchester United are level on points. On top of that, the defending EPL champions are also winless in their last three league encounters.
Suffice it to say that the EPL title-holders will be desperate to get back at the Lions.
Meanwhile, Dean Smith’s men have had a roller-coaster of a season so far. They were at the top of the table once, and looked like there were a contender to finish in the top-three.
However, since then they have regressed, and now are placed eighth in the table.
Still, they have troubled almost all of the titans in the English top flight, and with this being a single-legged knockout fixture, they do have a chance against the titans.
As such, the expectation is that goals to come from both sides of the pitch from these two impressive teams.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Six of the preceding seven clashes had three or more goals. In fact, the past six games alone had 30 goals in between them.
- The Lions had won four of the preceding nine encounters.
- At this venue, the hosts have scored a total of 12 goals from the former two fixtures alone.
- However, the guests had registered 13 of the past 17 wins at this stadium.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Prediction
The Reds are the reigning champions of the English top flight, and are determined to repeat the feat this time around as well. Currently they are placed at the top of the table too. Meanwhile, counterparts Smith’s men usually have been contenders to finish in the bottom half of the table.
On top of that, over the years, Klopp’s men have also had a great h2h record against this rival, and to further pile on, they are desperate to settle scores after the loss they experienced at hands of this same opponent earlier in the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Lions were also winless in seven of their former eleven overall fixtures, and they remained so in five of their past seven appearances at home.
As such, expect Liverpool to win at least one of the halves.
However, note that the defense of the Reds have not been that top-notch lately, and they also have a worrying defensive record against this opponent in recent times – and especially so at this stadium.
For the reasons, expect goals to come from both teams this weekend, and in plenty as well.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.83 (5/6)
Liverpool to Win Either Half @ 1.50 (1/2).