Liverpool vs Aston VillaEnglish Premier League, KO: 14:00 Sep 3, 2023, Anfield
Liverpool will put their unbeaten record on the line as they welcome Aston Villa to Anfield for a Premier League fixture on Sunday. Villa certainly have the quality to make things difficult but the Reds often do best work at home and should have the upper hand here.
Liverpool will be heading into Sunday’s clash on a high after claiming a thrilling 2-1 victory at Newcastle United last time out in the Premier League. Despite playing much of the encounter with 10 men, they overcame an early setback to claim the win thanks to two late goals from Darwin Nunez.
That result means Liverpool are still unbeaten at the start of the season having claimed two wins and a draw from their opening three matches. Jurgen Kopp’s men are returning to Anfield where they are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches, stretching back to last season.
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While Liverpool have looked good this season, their defence remains suspect as they are yet to keep a single clean sheet so far. Their defensive problems will be made worse with captain Virgil Van Dijk serving a suspension while Ibrahima Konate remains sidelined with injury.
Aston Villa have plenty of reason to be pleased with their start to the campaign having looked impressive so far. They have successfully bounced back from that early defeat to Newcastle, winning every match across all competitions since.
The Villans head claimed a 3-1 victory at Burnley in their previous Premier League fixture with Matty Cash netting a brace while Moussa Diaby was also on target. Cash was once again among the goals as they followed up that win with a 3-0 triumph over Hibernian to progress into the group stage of the Europa League.
While Aston Villa will be keen to maintain their fine start tithe season, the opening day defeat to Newcastle United highlights a vulnerability on their travels. Unai Emery’s men have claimed just one win in their last five away matches in the Premier League, suffering three defeats in that run.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
Liverpool ha w a 90-52 advantage with 37 draws from 179 previous matches against Aston Villa. The Reds have also won five of the last six fixtures but were held to a 1-1 draw in last season’s meeting at Anfield.
Players to watch
Darwin Nunez will be hoping to use last week’s brace as a spark to jumpstart his Liverpool career and could be backed to score on Sunday at 17/10 with William Hill. Mohamed Salah has scored three times in the last five meetings with Aston Villa and is priced at 6/5 by William Hill to get on the score sheet.
Moussa Diaby has settled down quickly to life in the Premier League and has scored in two of his three appearances so far. The forward’s pace could be a problem for the Liverpool backline and he could be backed at 3/1 by bet365 to get on the score sheet.
Anything else catch the eye?
Both teams have shown some attacking quality this season, which means goals could be expected on Sunday. Aston Villa have seen over 3.5 goals in all three of their Premier League matches and a repeat is pegged at 11/10.
Liverpool and Aston Villa have had a few late showings thus season, so both teams can be backed to score in the second half at 13/8 with Paddy Power. The Reds are priced at minimal odds for a straight victory, so a win and both teams to score can be considered at 7/4 with bet365.
This English Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa will be played on Sep 3, 2023 and kick off at 14:00. Check below for our tipsters best Liverpool vs Aston Villa prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.