MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa V Liverpool

The Reds travel to the Midlands on Valentine's Day in search of a more convincing performance after being knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time against West Ham earlier in the week. There is a dash of romance in the air though, certainly for Liverpool fans, who will be hoping two of their most loved players may make the start on Sunday; Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.


Injuries

Liverpool are unable to call upon Joe Allen who has picked up a hamstring injury. Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel are both back in training but the game comes too soon for the defenders. Positively for the Reds along with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi is also available for manager Jurgen Klopp.

For Aston Villa, Jordan Ayew is serving a suspension whilst Jack Grealish has an ankle injury. Rudy Gestede and Carlos Sanchez may be able to feature but both players will be subject to late fitness tests.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in September last year, Daniel Sturridge scored twice in the game, Liverpool eventually picked up all three points in a 3-2 win at Anfield.

The Reds also faced Villa recently at Wembley in the FA Cup semi final in 2015. I still haven't forgiven Brendan Rodgers for bringing on Glen Johnson in a semi final that we were losing...

Liverpool's last visit to Villa Park ended in a 2-0 win with goals from Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert. In fact, the Reds haven't lost at Villa Park since May 2011.

Form

Aston Villa are currently propping up the Premier League table and it's no secret the Midlanders have been struggling. A win over Norwich in their last league fixture brought some hope to Remi Garde but his side have won just two games in the league from their last ten.

After the Saturday fixtures Liverpool find themselves 11th in the table on 35 points. While two wins in ten sounds problematic for Aston Villa, Jurgen Klopp's side can hardly boast as they have notched up just three wins over the same time period.

Betting

With Liverpool struggling with consistency I honestly wouldn't be surprised if we managed to mess it up against Villa on Sunday, the positive of course is that we have some strike power back with the likes of Sturridge and Coutinho.

At the moment a bet I've been having quite regularly is half time, full time predictions. You can get Aston Villa first Liverpool second half at 22/1 with Paddy Power at the moment.

In terms of goalscorers, Daniel Sturridge is 4/1 for first goalscorer and 6/5 for anytime. Coutinho on the other hand is 7/1 first and 5/2 anytime.

I personally think if Sturridge does start this is a perfect match for him to hit the ground running so I might pop a quid on him to score a hattrick for a laugh tomorrow, odds of 25/1 at present.

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