Liverpool desperate to get their Premier League campaign on track when they travel to Aston Villa on the matchday 26 on Sunday evening.
The Reds are coming on the back of 2-1 loss to West Ham in the fourth round of FA cup. And last weekend they squandered a 2 goal lead to draw level with relegation candidates Sunderland. Things are not looking well at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to grab all three points when coming up against a team with the worst defensive record in the league.
Aston Villa on the other hand are bottom of the Premier League table, but they are showing some signs of improvement in the recent weeks. And coming on the back of a 2-0 win over Norwich last week could give them enough confidence when coming up against a struggling Liverpool at their home ground.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool : Team Form Comparison
Liverpool have only one win in their last 6 Premier League games. They have lost three, drawn two during the period. Also the Reds are pretty poor while playing away from home and lost four out of their last six away games and conceded a staggering 13 goals in the process.
Aston Villa, the bottom sided team have 2 win and 2 draws to their name in the last five games, before going with only one win in the previous 20. They are unbeaten in the last four home games which reads 2 wins and 2 draws.
Aston Villa : Team News
Ghana international Jordan Ayew will serve the second of his three-match suspension after picking up a red card against West Ham.
Head Coach Remi Garde is expected to field the same line-up which earned his team the vital win against Norwich last weekend.
Aston Villa : Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Bunn – Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho – Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Veretout – Gil, Agbonlahor
Liverpool : Team News
Liverpool is handed a much needed bosst by the return of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.
Coutinho is a certain to start, while Sturridge who put on an impressive performance at Upton Park against West Ham is expected to start from the bench.
In the defense, both Lovren and Caulker joins Skrtel in the injury list and as a result Sakho could partner Toure once again.
Liverpool : Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Moreno, Sakho, Toure, Clyne – Henderson, Milner, Can – Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool : Head-to-Head Stats
The teams are evenly matched in the head-to-head stats with 2 wins shared between the teams in their last five league meetings. In the reverse fixture this season at Anfield, Liverpool emerged eventual winners in a nervy affair by 3 goals to 2.
On the other hand, Aston Villa lost all of the last four home meetings against Liverpool in the league. The last win for the Villains at Upton Park against Liverpool came in May 2011.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool :Prediction
Liverpool could go down to the bottom half of the table if they don’t win against Villa on Sunday. While the Villains are 8 points behind the 17th placed Newcastle United.
The recent form of the Reds is not an encouraging one and they tend to drop points against bottom of the table teams. They biggest worry going into this match will be the problems they face when defending set pieces.
Aston Villa are expected to start with a defensive formation and they may look to counter on a depleted Liverpool defense. Moreover the team could be well motivated by the recent results in front of their home crowd.
Liverpool will be strengthen by the return of Coutinho and his countryman Firmino who is in fantastic form. My Prediction for this match is Liverpool to win 2-1.