Aston Villa vs LiverpoolEnglish Premier League, KO: 19:15 Oct 4, 2020, Villa Park
LIVERPOOL have launched their bid to defend their Premier League crown in style and they will be targeting a fourth successive victory when they face Aston Villa at Villa park on Sunday night.
Jurgen Klopp's champs edged a chaotic 4-3 curtain-raiser at home to Leeds before laying down a marker in the title race with a comfortable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.
The Reds then came from behind to brilliantly dismantle Arsenal last Monday night – with both of my recommended bets copping in front of the Kop.
Standing in the Merseysiders' way this weekend is an Aston Villa side who appear to be heading in the right direction after pulling off the great escape last season.
The Villans have won both of their opening assignments of the season having squeezed out a 1-0 win at home to Sheffield United before ruthlessly cutting apart Fulham at Craven Cottage last time out.
The Midlands outfit have also done some eye-catching Summer transfer business and that coupled with their 100% start will see the Villa Park faithful go into the rest of the season full of hope.
Aston Villa have triumphed in their last three league matches on home turf but the bookies expect that run to come to an end this weekend with a home win trading at 7/1 with Betfred, while the draw is also deemed unlikely at 15/4 with Bet 365.
Liverpool have scored at least two goals across their last five top-flight tussles and I'm going to rely on the Reds to notch up two or more strikes on Sunday night.
Indeed, there is little value in backing two or more Liverpool goals at quotes of 1/2, however, we can nudge the price up to much more enticing 20/21 with Bet 365 by combining two Liverpool goals alongside over one Aston Villa card.
The above-mentioned Bet Builder has clicked in each of Liverpool's last two league matches and I'm more than happy to side with a repeat this weekend.
I'm also prepared to add at least one Aston Villa card to the aforementioned bet on a night where Dean Smith's men may have to revert to the dark arts when trying to tame their top-heavy opponents.
That line of thought could also see value lie with the 5/4 on offer with Bet 365 for Aston Villa to collect over one card in this contest.
The Villans have racked up six cards across their opening two outings of the season – three bookings in both bouts – and given that this fixture provides a major upgrade in terms of opposition, I was pleasantly surprised to see two or more Villa cards trading at odds-against of 5/4 with Bet 365.
A good candidate to consider for a card is Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett who is priced up at 13/2 with Bet 365 to be cautioned in this contest.
Targett has had his name taken in both of Villas' league matches this term and given that he could be tasked with trying to shackle Mohamed Salah, another caution for the defender looks overpriced on Sunday night.
This English Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool will be played on Oct 4, 2020 and kick off at 19:15. Check below for our tipsters best Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction.