Betting: Liverpool v Aston VillaJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
As we enter the fourth week of the Premier League, Liverpool and Aston Villa will meet at Anfield for what looks to be a truly exciting match. The game will provide both teams with an opportunity to push themselves towards the top. Feel like backing a winner and taking home some money this weekend? Have a look at my betting tips below and get in on the action.
Liverpool Without Sturridge?
Daniel Sturridge’s thigh injury is undoubtedly a blow to Liverpool’s attacking line-up. However, the team has spent a lot of money this summer and manager Brendan Rodgers has more than a few viable options in terms of strikers.
The obvious question is, who to pair up with Mario Balotelli? While Rickie Lambert doesn’t have Sturridge’s pace, he is good at creating space and his thoughtful style of play will complement Balotelli’s more powerful albeit mercurial approach to the game. With Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Phillipe Coutinho all ready and able to give support, The Reds look very capable of winning.
The Aston Villa Threat
Despite being hotly tipped to spend another season fending off relegation, Aston Villa remain confident and have the track record so far to back it up. Currently sitting pretty at 3rd on the table, Villa will come up to Anfield undefeated and having only conceded one goal this season. The introduction of Roy Keane as coach has definitely improved the Villans’ morale and game strategy, but make no mistake, the fight against the Reds will be their toughest yet.
Villa strikers Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor have the speed and agility to seriously challenge Liverpool’s back line but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to offset the damage Balotelli and Lambert hope to inflict.
What’s My Best Bet?
If you’re looking to wager on the big game, check out these odds from Betway:
Liverpool to win – 30/100 – £10 bet returns £13
Aston Villa to win – 9/1 – £10 bet returns £100
Draw – 4/1 – £10 bet returns £50
Carl Calls it
I think the bookies have been a bit harsh in regards to Villa’s chances so there is a ton of cash to be made if they DO manage to cause an upset. Villa offer real value if you’re feeling like a flutter but my gut says that even without Sturridge, Liverpool will be too strong.