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A fascinating early season encounter as Liverpool look to continue their unbeaten start against an Aston Villa side that have improved plenty since opening day.  

Liverpool went through the ringer last weekend in victory over Newcastle United, Trent Alexander-Arnold fortunate to avoid red before Virgil Van Dijk was given his marching orders only for Darwin Nunez to inspire a comeback with ten. Victory over Bournemouth and a point against Chelsea have left them in a positive position early doors but still without a clean sheet.  

Pre-season optimism at Aston Villa was dented impressively by Newcastle United who hit them for five on opening day but the response has been strong, thumping expected relegation candidates Everton and Burnley 4-0 and 3-1 respectively. Villa have previous against Liverpool with their famous 7-2 win behind closed doors.  

A heavyweight clash between two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs managed by two of the finest managers in world football. We’re here to break it all down for you and provide you with the best Liverpool vs Aston Villa stats and bet builder tips.  

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LIVERPOOL VS ASTON VILLA PREDICTED LINEUPS 

Nunez could lead the line for Reds 

Jurgen Klopp’s quest for consistency has been undermined by delayed recruitment, rumours of his star man leaving and refereeing decisions. Mo Salah does stay for now and is expected to start on Sunday with last weekend’s hero Darwin Nunez, his double salvo earning the three points. The other big decision comes at centre-back with Joel Matip injured and Virgil Van Dijk suspended. Joe Gomez should also return.  

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Emery could stick rather than twist 

Unai Emery is a man with a plan for each individual game and after a harrowing opening day loss at Newcastle, he has struck the right chord with four wins on the bounce in all competitions. Last weekend, he shifted his team to a back five and it worked brilliantly. With Liverpool’s front four a menace, he may choose to stick with the same XI, allowing Matty Cash and John McGinn to continue playing higher up the pitch.  

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LIVERPOOL VS ASTON VILLA TEAM STATS 

Plenty of corners for Liverpool 

It’s not been a perfect start to the season for Liverpool, unhelped by leading in their first two games then playing an hour with ten. Still, they are averaging closer to 2xG per 90 than One and showing confidence in front of goal – only three other sides have scored more. One thing to look for when building your Liverpool vs Villa bet builder is corners – Liverpool have managed 7.67 per game so far this season.  

Villa a real threat to the opposition goal 

Despite that first day humping at St. James’ Park, Villa sit second in the expected goals table, only Brighton managing to create more opportunities on goal – Brighton are also the only side to have scored more goals per game. They’ve managed this despite sitting mid-table for shots at goal, suggesting Villa create good opportunities to score goals. Noting the Liverpool corner stat from above, Villa have conceded 5.33 corners per game.  

LIVERPOOL VS ASTON VILLA Players to Watch

Alexander-Arnold may be worth backing 

With Liverpool, it’s understandable who to back for shots – a front four that see a huge amount of chances created for them by others or each other as the graphic shows. Trent Alexander-Arnold can be backed at 9/4 for a shot on target, however, and 1/4 for a single shot. The top-class right-back has managed a shot per 90 in each of his last five seasons and has already managed three this time around.  

Diaz the main man so far 

Liverpool have scored six goals in their four matches of this season. Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez have scored two apiece, whilst Diogo Jota and Mo Salah have each scored one. It almost doesn’t matter who Liverpool start in attack, but Diaz looks to be a fixture in that starting lineup. The Colombian is 11/10 to score or assist anytime and 2/1 to score anytime, both of which could prove a worthy inclusion to your Liverpool vs Villa bet builder – he averages a goal contribution more than once every two matches, and he’ll be the man that Liverpool look for with their switches of play.  

Diaby could fire again 

Moussa Diaby has announced himself to the Premier League with two goals and an assist in his opening three games and his pace is always going to terrify defenders. That should come into play here – Liverpool are potentially missing Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip through suspension and injury, respectively. Diaby could be a shrewd addition to your Liverpool vs Villa Bet Builder at 13/5 to score anytime or 6/4 to score or assist anytime. If it’s shots on target you’re after, then he’s managed five already this season.

Carlos could be the bet for Villa 

Villa may prefer to sit and play an off-ball pressing game here but they have shown they are more than comfortable in possession to date. Diego Carlos attempted 69 passes in his first start against Burnley and attempted 15 and 26 passes in two 27-minute appearances in the first two games. He’s 4/9 to make 50+ passes and should start here.  

Liverpool vs Aston Villa matchups to watch

Wataru Endo vs John Mcginn

With Liverpool suffering losses at the back in the last week, the pressure will certainly mount on Japanese international Wataru Endo. The 30-year old will be the one protecting what is likely to be a bit of a makeshift centre back pairing, or at least one in which there’s a sense of unfamiliarity. His 2.22 fouls P/90 since his arrival suggests that he’s willing to get stuck in, a dangerous approach with Scotsman John McGinn opposing you. He was one of the most fouled players in the premier League last year, something that’s continued into this campaign with an average of 1.85 fouls drawn P/90.

It’s not been the best start to the season for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was fortunate to stay on the pitch against Newcastle. Villa will want to target that flank and they proved against Burnley how ruthless they can be from that side. He has already been booked twice this term. As for fouls, keep an eye on Alexis Mac Allister, who has committed at least One foul per 90 in each of his years as a professional.  

John McGinn could find himself involved in the midfield battle with Mac Allister and he was one of the most fouled players in the Premier League last season, something that is already continuing this year, it seems. Villa were one of the most fouled teams in the division last season. Boubakar Kamara has been linked to Liverpool and he is likely to be floored by them in the wrong way.  

Alexis Mac allister vs Boubakar Kamara

Keep an eye on Alexis Mac Allister, who has committed at least One foul P/90 in each of his years as a professional. That’s a number that’s likely to remain relatively consistent this year given the aggressive nature of Liverpool’s high press, and 1.60 fouls P/90 this season suggests that will indeed be the case. His 2.80 fouls drawn P/90 could well make this a two-way battle however, one that Kamara will happily get involved in. The Frenchman has both fouled, and been fouled, 2.33 times P/90 this season for Villa, and this is a scrap worth watching.

Dominik Szoboszlai vs Douglas Luiz 

Tenacious full-backs and central midfielders making tackles and protecting their centre-backs is what you want as a fan and that’s what Villa are doing. Douglas Luiz is the obvious name here, committing more than a foul per 90 and collecting two yellows in his three gamesIt means that the likes of Domonik Szoboszlai needs to watch his ankles. He’s been fouled five times and has drawn 1.35 and 1.43 fouls at Leipzig during his two years there. He does give as good as he gets however, and his 2.00 fouls P/90 is something that should pique your interest up against Villa’s energetic midfield.

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa

Calendar 3rd September
Football icon kick off 14:00
Football icon Liverpool over 4.5 Corners
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• Liverpool have averaged 7.67 corners per game so far this season
• Liverpool averaged 6.18 corners last season
• Villa have averaged 5.33 corners conceded per game this season

Football icon Luis Diaz to have 1 or more shots on target
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Luis Diaz has had a shot on target in all three league matches so far and Villa have conceded 5.33 shots on target per game.

Football icon Alexis Mac Allister to commit 1 or more fouls
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• Mac Allister has regularly committed more than one foul per 90 in his playing career
• John McGinn one of the most fouled players in the Premier League
• Boubakar Kamara fouled seven times this season

Football icon Darwin Nunez to commit 1 or more fouls
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• Nunez has averaged at least 1.27 fouls per 90 in all four full professional seasons
• Ezri Konsa has been fouled 1.31 – 1.73 times per 90 in last five seasons
• Konsa and Torres have both been fouled this season

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