Aston Villa vs Liverpool Match Analysis & Prediction
26/12/2022 8:30 pm
Aston Villa will resume Premier League duties at home to Liverpool on Boxing Day, as they will be looking to extend their top flight winning run to three matches under Unai Emery.
Meanwhile, the Reds have already returned to competitive action since the World Cup break, as their EFL Cup defence ended with a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the fourth round.
The Unai Emery era has began in positive fashion, and the Lions are out to record a third win from three matches under the former Arsenal and Villarreal boss after besting Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion last month.
With Emery still getting to grips with his new crop of players, it was no surprise to see Aston Villa engage in a total of friendlies during the World Cup period, although they only claimed one win in that sequence – beating Chelsea 1-0 on home soil on December 11.
Elsewhere, Villa played out a 2-2 draw with Brighton either side of losses to Cardiff City and Villarreal, and the Spaniard is now aiming to make history as the first-ever Aston Villa manager to win each of his first three league matches in charge.
Very rarely does a weekend in the Premier League go by without a few complaints about VAR from managers, but Jurgen Klopp bemoaned a lack of technology as the EFL Cup champions were eliminated from the 2022-23 tournament in the fourth round.
Liverpool will spend Christmas Day in sixth place following their unstable start to proceedings, and a victory over Tottenham on November 6 represents their only Premier League away victory from their last six attempts.
Each of Aston Villa’s last four encounters with Liverpool has ended in defeat for the hosts, who still have that 7-2 victory from October 2020 to boast about, but the Reds have otherwise won a club-record 15 Premier League matches at Villa Park.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool Head to head
Liverpool have been the dominant side between these two teams, having won on 89 occasions while Aston Villa have won 52 matches, and they have drawn in 36 of their 177 previous meetings across all competitions. Liverpool have scored 314 goals and conceded 245 in the process.
04/10/2020Aston Villa7Liverpool2Premier League
08/01/2021Aston Villa1Liverpool4FA Cup
10/04/2021Liverpool2Aston Villa1Premier League
11/12/2021Liverpool1Aston Villa0Premier League
10/05/2022Aston Villa1Liverpool2Premier League
Aston Villa Team News
Emiliano Martinez recently became World Cup champion with Argentina and will not be available for Aston Villa on Monday.
Should he overcome a minor unspecified issue, Robin Olsen will therefore deputise for the hosts, who will remain without long-term absentee Diego Carlos.
Aston Villa's Last 5 Matches
13/11/2022Brighton & Hove Albion1Aston Villa2Premier League
30/11/2022Cardiff City3Aston Villa1Club Friendlies
08/12/2022Aston Villa2Brighton & Hove Albion2Club Friendlies
11/12/2022Aston Villa1Chelsea0Club Friendlies
15/12/2022Aston Villa0Villarreal1Club Friendlies
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool are without their own World Cup representative Ibrahima Konate, who will not return to training until December 27, but Virgil van Dijk should return in time in defence.
Alisson Becker will return in goal for EFL Cup specialist Caimhin Kelleher, while Roberto Firmino will miss the next couple of matches with a calf injury.
Liverpool's Last 5 Matches
09/11/2022Liverpool(P)0Derby County0EFL Cup
16/12/2022Liverpool4AC Milan1(P)Club Friendlies
22/12/2022Manchester City3Liverpool2EFL Cup
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