Last week Daniel Sturridge came on as a substitute and managed to score on his return from injury to reform the deadly SAS partnership with Luis Suarez. Liverpool will look to go on the attack and keep themselves in the top four.
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Bacuna, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Paul Lambert fielded a 3-5-2 against Arsenal last weekend but due to an injury to Nathan Baker will probably revert to a 4-4-2, with back amongst the goals Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor leading the line.
Daniel Sturridge Is Gonna Start Tomorrow Against Aston Villa…SAS Back In Full Swing. #Beware.
— K_Wonder³³ The Great (@captainswana) January 17, 2014
Hearing “proper man” Grant Holt has impressed Paul Lambert in training this week by watching Top Gear. Could now start v Liverpool.
— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) January 17, 2014
Villa mate of mine: I think we’ll score a few if Gerrard plays. Time has caught up with him. Of course, they’ll score 6+ so it won’t matter.
— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) January 15, 2014
Liverpool were rampant putting 5 goals past Villa back in the 2008-2009 season.
With 22 goals and leading the fantasy points chart by a country mile, you can not look further than Luis Suarez for this fixture. However, he is already owned by 52.3% in the Official Fantasy Premier League game, so for a differential why not turn to his strike partner Daniel Sturridge (who is also only worth 9.2 points compared to Suarez’ 13.4).
Liverpool vs Aston Villa: An Alternative Preview
Liverpool won the reverse fixture against Villa back in August with their only shot on target of the game.
Christian Benteke has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard has scored more goals against Aston Villa (11) than he has managed against any other opponent in the Premier League.
Aston Villa have lost just one of their last four Premier League visits to Anfield (W2 D1 L1).
Liverpool have conceded just six goals in their last 12 Premier League matches at Anfield and have kept six clean sheets in that run.
Brendan Rodgers’ team have won 10 of their last 11 home league games (W10 D0 L1) and won the last seven in a row.
Luis Suarez has scored 22 goals in 16 appearances this season - he had 10 after 16 games last season and five the season before.
Liverpool have scored 51 goals in the Premier League this season, already four more than they managed in 2011-12 (47).
Daniel Sturridge has 10 goals and three assists in 13 Premier League appearances this season.
No team has conceded fewer home goals than Liverpool this season in the Premier League (6).