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Liverpool vs Aston Villa betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Liverpool vs Aston Villa odds and betting statistics

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa match preview

With just a week to go, these two clubs kick off in fifth and eighth place and, for contrasting reasons, nobody could’ve foreseen that.

With Liverpool set to miss out on the Champions League for the first 2016, it’s been a very underwhelming season for them, although they’re doing their best to finish it on a high.

The Reds’ excellent form continued on Monday night, demolishing Leicester 3-0, with Curtis Jones bagging a quick-fire brace before Trent Alexander-Arnold curled home an inch-perfect free-kick.

That made it seven wins on the spin for Jürgen Klopp’s team, who’ve accumulated 35% of all their points this season since the start of April.

With two games remaining, the Reds are fifth, one point below Man United, who have a game in hand, and four adrift Newcastle.

Thus, all Liverpool can do is win here and hope they’re still in with a shout of a top four finish, ahead of their final day fixture at Southampton.

Unai Emery, the king of the Europa League of course, is looking to change that, with Villa’s hopes of a top seven finish massively boosted by last weekend’s win.

A week ago, the Claret and Blue Army beat Tottenham 2-1 at home, with Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz on target in a convincing win.

So, having won six consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since February 1993, Villa are eighth, below Tottenham on goal difference and just one point adrift Brighton.

The Villans’ final game of the season sees them host Brighton next Sunday, meaning their run-in is far from easy, but their destiny is firmly in their own hands.

Liverpool have won their last five meetings with Aston Villa, dating back to that 7-2, with Villa’s most-recent victory at Anfield coming in 2014; Gabriel Agbonlahor the only scorer.

Will that change here, or will the Reds’ winning streak continue?

Liverpool team news

Jürgen Klopp could name an unchanged line-up again, with the front three the only area he’s been rotating in recent weeks.

Darwin Núñez missed Monday’s trip to Leicester with a toe injury, meaning Luis Díaz could keep his place on the left-wing, chosen over Diogo Jota

Midfielder James Milner will say goodbye to Anfield, having made 330 appearances and won seven major honours since arriving in 2015.

The slightly less heralded Arthur has played just 13 minutes this season, coming in the 4-1 drubbing in Naples in September, with this his last chance to make his Anfield debut.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Konaté, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Luis Díaz.

Aston Villa team news

Consistency of selection has also been key to Aston Villa’s success in recent weeks.

Leon Bailey came into the team against Tottenham a week ago, but the more defensively assured Leander Dendoncker could return this time.

Ollie Watkins has scored 15 goals this season, netting in the reverse fixture, eight of which have come away from home.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Martínez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; Douglas Luiz, Dendoncker, McGinn, Buendía, Ramsey; Watkins.

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