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Liverpool FC vs Aston Villa FC, Premier League 2020-2021, Today Match Prediction

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Liverpool presented golden opportunity to burst into the top four but face tough Villa test

  • Liverpool can move into the top four with a win, if other results go their way
  • Aston Villa are also in decent form, but will be without captain Grealish
  • Villa shocked everyone by thrashing Liverpool 7-2 earlier this season

Liverpool to win 2-0

Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021 | Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, Anfield

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This fixture provided football fans with the ultimate shock earlier this season, as Aston Villa ran out 7-2 winners against a full-strength Liverpool side who, at the time, were still on course to retain their title.

Liverpool have since fallen well off the bandwagon, going eight home games without victory and seeing their position fall rapidly. They sit currently in 7th, and have played a game more than Everton below them.

However, two wins on the bounce coupled with mixed form for the teams above them means that they are just three points off the top four and, if results go in their favour, they could return to the Champions League positions this weekend.

Aston Villa have also experienced ups and downs since that wonderful result. Injuries to the likes of Jack Grealish, who will miss out again here, have put a dampener on what could have been a memorable campaign.

Now they must fight to remain in the top half.

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Form Guide (all comps): LWWWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Terrific win over Arsenal in the league last weekend

     Mo Salah on course for his third successive 20 goal season

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have gone over 11 hours without a home goal from open play

     Eight home matches have passed without victory

Liverpool have a surprising opportunity to work their way back into a Champions League position this season, after finally finding some winning form as well as other teams around them suffering from mixed results.

With Chelsea being thrashed by West Brom last weekend, as well as Tottenham dropping points to Newcastle, a door has cracked ajar for Jurgen Klopp’s men to sneak in under the radar, when a top four finish looked unlikely a few weeks ago.

Things are not completely rosy for Klopp right now. They were comfortably beaten by Real Madrid in midweek in the Champions League, and their home form in the league has been truly dreadful. 

The Reds haven’t tasted victory at Anfield since December, and no other side has lost seven home matches in a season without finishing bottom of the league.

They must win here.

Star Man – Mo Salah

Scored against Real Madrid in midweek and is two goals off 20 Premier League goals this season.

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Form Guide (all comps): LDDLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Returned to form with good win over Fulham last weekend

     Have kept eight clean sheets away from home this season

Reasons to be fearful:

     Jack Grealish is out injured here

     Their season could very quickly spiral downhill

Villa have enjoyed a largely successful season in many ways, not least in comfortably avoiding relegation after surviving on the last day last year.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the campaign came back in October when they thrashed Liverpool by a 7-2 scoreline in one of the shocks of Premier League history.

They’ve been on the verge of a European place for much of the season, and sat in the top four at times last year, but have faltered recently due to poor form and injuries to key players like Grealish.

Their captain has had a shin injury for the past couple of months and it’s no coincidence that their results have tailed off during that period.

They’ll certainly be competitive here, but a repeat of that result from earlier in the season is highly unlikely.

Star Man – Ollie Watkins

The England international has 13 goals this season, and helped by netting in the win over Fulham last weekend.

     Liverpool will control possession

     Chances at both ends

     Can Villa be creative without Grealish?

Liverpool must cast off the disappointing from that midweek defeat to Real Madrid and focus on closing the gap on the top four.

Their record at Anfield has been dreadful in recent months, but this is as good a chance as any to put that right, with their opponents missing their best player.

Villa have a tricky task ahead of them trying to turn around their poor form.

Liverpool to win 2-0


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Author: Ross B.