Match Betting (1x2)

The last time that Aston Villa met Liverpool saw the visitors leave with a 6-0 victory, with the Reds claiming a facile triumph in February 2016 before the Villans were relegated from the Premier League.

However, the Midlands side are back in the big time after enjoying promotion last May and they are acquitting themselves well in the top flight right now, with eleven points on the board from nine games at the time of writing.

Dean Smith’s side have beaten Everton and Brighton at home, while they’ve only lost the one match in front of their own supporters and perhaps there was a case of stage fright when they trailed 2-0 early against Bournemouth before rallying.

Now comes their most difficult challenge of the season to date, although it’s one that this attacking team will relish. William Hill currently offer 7/1 about Aston Villa claiming a shock victory against a Liverpool side who aren’t completely bombproof.

The Reds are predictably short in the betting and could well prove to be too strong over the ninety minutes, although it’s subject to question whether they represent value at 2/5 with Unibet.

Plenty of punters will put Jurgen Klopp’s side in their accumulator bets although the way in which they failed to create meaningful chances against Manchester United recently means we should approach the game with an air of caution.

Some will prefer taking their chances when it comes to the 4/1 with Paddy Power that the game ends all square, with Villa likely to be delighted with a point as part of their quest to remain in the top flight.

First Goalscorer

Villa have a healthy goal return of fifteen in their nine games played and they’ll be hungry to get more in this clash, with Wesley having acquitted himself well since arriving for big money in the summer.

The Dutchman is a 7/1 chance to score the first goal and he’ll have to try and get the better of compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

Sadio Mane boasts the best first goal record for his team and the Liverpool man is a 4/1 chance to break the deadlock, although it could be that the front three are thwarted and it might take someone else to unlock the defence.

We always think Gini Wijnaldum is a potential match winner in a game like this, with the midfielder available at a decent 11/1 to be the first name on the scoresheet and that is what happened at Bramall Lane against another newly-promoted team.

Jack Grealish has been earning rave reviews for his performances this season and is currently getting closer to an England call-up, with the midfielder available at 14/1 for the first goal and his team-mate John McGinn has been chalked up at the same price.

Asian Handicap

The Asian Handicap market is always worth a visit when it comes to getting the best odds. The margins tend to be tight and it’s especially good if you’re looking for a different angle to the Full Time Result market.

For example, you might fancy Aston Villa to push Liverpool close but don’t want to risk any money when it comes to backing them to win. Therefore, it might be worth considering the home side with a +1.5 goal start at odds of 4/5 with BetVictor.

By taking this handicap, you have the insurance of winning on your bet should Liverpool win by a single goal. The visitors would need to win by a two-goal margin or bigger in order for you to lose your bet.

The same applies if you want to back Liverpool to win but don’t want to place a bet at such short odds. BetVictor have 9/8 about the Reds -1.5 which would profit if Klopp’s side claimed a two-goal margin of victory or bigger.

Both Teams to Score

Aston Villa surely won’t have a game plan which will involve trying to defend for ninety minutes, with Dean Smith’s side always having a crack and that’s especially in front of their own supporters.

Therefore, the 8/11 with Paddy Power about both sides finding the net makes plenty of appeal considering that Liverpool have scored in every match thus far.

This is a bet which could profit within a short space of time, although if you think that Liverpool can win to nil or at least one team won’t score, then BetVictor have 6/5 about the “No” option.

Over / Under Goals

Will this match be a goalfest? The bookmakers are anticipating around three goals to be scored and make their Over 2.5 Goals quote available at odds of 8/15.

For those wanting more juice in the price, you can get 13/10 with William Hill that there are Over 3.5 Goals and you are therefore needing the net to bulge at least four times in order to profit.

Correct Score

If you think history might repeat itself, then BetVictor offer 100/1 about a 6-0 victory in favour of the Reds, although this is unlikely to happen considering how strong Aston Villa have been this season.

We really feel that the Midlands side can serve it up to Liverpool and a 2-2 draw is available at 20/1 with Ladbrokes which could be worth a small wager.

If the visitors are to win, perhaps it will be by a slender margin and BetVictor go 17/2 about a 2-1 victory in their favour.


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