Tip Liverpool - Aston Villa
Now mathematically confirmed to be champions of this Premier League season, Liverpool play host to Aston Villa at Anfield on Sunday. It will be Liverpool's first home match since becoming champions but they won't have any fans to celebrate in front of because of the pandemic. Their coronation was somewhat spoiled by a heavy defeat to Man City at the Etihad that shortened the gap to 20 points. This battering is unlikely to do any favours for their next opponents, Villa. They're 18th in the table and on course to be relegated, currently trailing Watford by a single point. Bournemouth in 19th are only behind Villa on goal difference, so could capitalise on any potential slip by the visitors. That's if you call defeat at Anfield a slip and most people wouldn't. Liverpool have won all 16 of their Premier League matches at Anfield, scoring the most goals of any home team in the process.
Villa are desperate for a win and need points in order to stay up but that motivation has been present for a long time and it hasn't changed their fortunes. Winless in their last eight Premier League games, they are particularly bad on the road, where they have lost 11 of their 16 away fixtures. A casual fan looking at the head-to-head record between these teams may be startled to see that Villa won the last encounter - a League Cup semi-final - 5-0. However, the team that they faced was one of the youngest that Liverpool ever fielded because the senior squad was away competing for the World Club Cup, which they won. Liverpool will be motivated to batter Villa for that humiliation and we can see the beating starting early. Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in 15 of their last 18 home matches in the Premier League. Place a bet on the new champions to repeat the trick versus Villa.
Key points Liverpool - Aston Villa
Liverpool have won been winning at both half-time and full-time in 15 of their last 18 home matches in the Premier League.
Liverpool have won all 16 of their home matches in the Premier League this season.
Aston Villa have lost 11 of their 16 away games in the Premier League season.
Conclusion Liverpool - Aston Villa
Villa have everything to play for while Liverpool have already achieved their goals. Yet the winning habit can be a tough one to get out of for a team as good as Jurgen Klopp's. Back them to be ahead at half-time and full-time in a comfortable victory.
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Liverpool Aston Villa Prediction published on July 3, 2020