The Week 17 EPL match between Aston Villa and Liverpool will take place on December 26 at Villa Park Stadium in Birmingham.
Unai Emery has been a welcome addition to the Birmingham side. After the Spanish coach took charge of Aston Villa, the team won two league games in a row, beating opponents from the European Cup zone: at home – Manchester United (3-1), away – Brighton (2-1). That allowed them to climb up to 12th place, and their lead over the bottom three sides rose to five points.
The Birmingham side also picked up two wins in a row in the league. In addition to the Mancunians, Brentford were beaten 4-0. The last time Aston Villa won two consecutive APL games was at the juncture of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to win two games in a row for the third time this season, after a 2-1 away win over Tottenham, followed by a 3-1 home win over Southampton. In three straight games, the team has not yet won in the league this season. “As a result, Liverpool managed to climb up to the 6th position, and the gap from the top 4 was reduced to 7 points (with one game to spare).
Prior to the victory over Tottenham, Liverpool had failed to win five straight away games in the APL. In this series, the team drew twice and lost three times.
These opponents face each other in a productive way. In 9 previous encounters in the APL, Liverpool have won 8 times, while Aston Villa won 1 time, but with an obscene result of 7-2 (in October 2020).
I’m going to assume that this upcoming encounter will end with at least 3 goals as well. Liverpool will most likely win, scoring 2 or more goals.