In normal circumstances Liverpool v Aston Villa would not break the box office – but it could be Brendan Rodger’s last game in charge if he fails to win three points at Anfield, so get the popcorn out.
Rodgers is evens with Marathonbet to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post after a string of performances that have left fans reeling.
Defeats to Manchester United and West Ham and draws to Bordeaux, Norwich and Carlisle (Liverpool later won on penalties in the League Cup tie) means the clash with Villa could be one of the most important of Rodger’s managerial career.
Unfortunately for the Reds boss, history is not on his side. Liverpool haven’t beaten Villa at home since December 2010 and have only picked up two points in four home games since then.
If you think history will repeat itself, Villa to win or draw against Liverpool looks a huge price at 13/8 with Marathonbet while Tim Sherwood’s side to win outright looks value at 63/10.
And if you like a goal or two, this fixture has seen over 2.5 goals in five of the last seven matches. Aston Villa to win or draw and over 2.5 goals in the game is a tasty 31/5, while Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals is 39/25.
Finally, the meeting at Anfield would have been Christian Benteke’s first game against Villa since leaving the Midlands club for the north West in a £30 million deal earlier this year.
The big man scored a peach of a goal against Manchester United a few weeks ago but is injured for the weekend’s game. Daniel Sturridge returned from injury against Norwich and is likely to take his place in the team.
Back the England man to score first at 39/10 or anytime at evens.
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