Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out today?


Liverpool head to Aston Villa on Sunday evening in a meeting of two sides with a perfect start to the season.

Something has to give at Villa Park, but both will be keen to continue their winning run in the Premier League, particularly after both lost in the EFL Cup in midweek.

Villa have had an admittedly easier start, with the Reds having faced both Chelsea and Arsenal already, but Dean Smith’s side haven’t yet conceded in league play while Liverpool have had a few shaky moments at the back.

Both teams are trying to keep pace with Everton, who have won four from four at the start of the season – and who Liverpool play next.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off.

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When is the game?

The match kicks off at 7:15pm on Sunday at Villa Park.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Ultra HD. Subscribers can also stream the fixture via the Sky Go app.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Team news

Villa are without long-term absentees Wesley and Bjorn Engels, while Tom Heaton is on the road to recovery but unlikely to feature. Ross Barkley is in line for a debut, though it might be off the bench.

Liverpool are without Thiago and Mane due to positive coronavirus tests. Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out injured, but Jordan Henderson is back in training and could be in the squad. Kostas Tsimikas is also a doubt.

Predicted line-ups

Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Hourihane; Trezeguet, Watkins, Grealish.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez,  Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Jota.

Odds

Villa – 9/1

Draw – 22/5

Liverpool – 4/9

Prediction

Villa will make it tough for Liverpool and might revert to last season’s rather more defensive approach from the start, but the Reds should have enough to break them down even without their absent No. 10. Villa 1-2 Liverpool

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