Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are in action again having kept hold of Mohammed Salah – for now. The Reds return home after a wonderful late victory against Newcastle and face another top half Premier League side in Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk after he was sent off in the win at St James’ Park while Thiago is out until after the international break. Ibrahima Konate’s fitness level will be judged nearer the time and he could return, or Joe Gomez could start at centre-back.
For Aston Villa, Emi Buendia and Tyrone Mings are out with long-term issues but Alex Moreno could return.
Over 3.5 goals
This is a true meeting of two fantastic sides and both boast incredible attacks. Aston Villa hit eight past Hibs over two legs in Europe, while they also stuck four past Everton last time out in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Liverpool managed to score twice against Newcastle even with ten men, as Darwin Nunez found his shooting boots. Combined with Salah and Luis Diaz, the Reds certainly have enough firepower to trouble any team in Europe. This should be a thrilling encounter.
Matty Cash to score anytime
This may seem a left-field choice, but the 7/1 on offer is too good to turn down. Matty Cash has been playing a flying wing-back in recent weeks and scored twice against Burnley, before notching another against Hibs in midweek.
Three goals in two games is the record of a top striker, and given how much he likes to gamble, and the weak points in Liverpool’s defence, this seems like a brilliant punt. The 7/1 on offer points to the fact that Villa won’t create many chances, but we simply don’t think that will be the case. Cash in on Cash.
Aston Villa to win
We think there will be goals. We think Matty Cash will score. As we researched this game, we became increasingly convinced that Villa were overpriced at 7/2. The 5-1 opening day defeat at Newcastle was clearly a one-off and Unai Emery’s side is clearly talented at both ends of the pitch.
They have the ability to score goals. And that could be crucial against a Liverpool defence that has been less than convincing. Without Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will start at centre-back, with Wataru Endo playing in front of them. Given Trent Alexander-Arnold looked shaky at Newcastle and will be tested again, Villa could have success at Anfield.
They’ll have to try and keep them out at the other end, but get on the front foot and the Villains could have real joy.