Liverpool finished top of their Group B after a 2-1 win against Milan on Tuesday night, they became the first English team in Champions League history to finish the group with a 100% win rate.
Bayern Munich and Ajax also accomplished this feat which means that it’s the only time that more than one team have finished with a 100% win rate in the groups. Liverpool put out a comparatively weak side with players such as Neco Williams, Tyler Morten and Nat Phillips all joining the starting team.
Steven Gerrard will have mixed emotions about going to Anfield with a team other than Liverpool, it will be the first time that he has returned to Anfield for a competitive football match since he left the club in 2015.
Aston Villa have played well under new leadership winning three out of the four games since Steven Gerrard took over at the helm, their only loss was a narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester City which is very respectable considering it was his third game in charge and the Citizens are arguably the best team in the world right now.
Both Teams To Score And Liverpool To Win
These two sides have played one another on four occasions since Aston Villa’s return to Premier League action, one of those games was the legendary 7-2 Aston Villa win last season which is probably one of the most bizarre games in Premier League history.
Three extremely lucky deflections resulted in goals, although Liverpool certainly weren’t at their best on that day, they definitely didn’t deserve to concede seven.
Aston Villa have lost the other three games they have played against the team from Merseyside and scored two goals in the process whereas Liverpool have managed two goals in every game they have played against Villa in recent times.
The Red’s are looking as good as they ever have with them out-scoring every other Premier League team at the moment, they have scored 11 more goals than Chelsea who are currently the second top-scorers in the league.
We expect are strong team to come out for the game since Liverpool don’t have any injuries to key players and Jurgen Klopp will want to keep the momentum flowing throughout the team.
Liverpool have kept clean sheets in 57% of their home games this year and Aston Villa have only failed to score in 29% of their away games this year, this tells us that a clean sheet is less likely than both teams to score considering that when Villa have played under Gerrard they have scored at least one goal in all of their games.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND LIVERPOOL TO WIN