Opta Big Match Stats: Aston Villa to sustain strong start

Andreas Weimann has been Aston Villa's star striker this season
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Opta reveal that both Aston Villa and their manager Paul Lambert have exceptional records away to Liverpool...

"Aston Villa are unbeaten in three Premier League trips to Anfield, winning once and drawing twice."
Best Bet: Back Aston Villa (+2) to win @ 2.0621/20

Liverpool v Aston Villa
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Match Odds: Liverpool 1.321/3, Aston Villa 12.011/1, The Draw 6.25/1

Aston Villa are unbeaten in three Premier League trips to Anfield, winning once and drawing twice

The statistics paint a compelling case for Aston Villa leaving Merseyside with a point or three, though as it is possible to back Aston Villa +2 at 2.0621/20 and enjoy the added security of a one-goal Liverpool victory, it would be rude not to exploit that generosity. The Reds won just one of their past seven home league games by more than one goal. Like Villa, Paul Lambert hasn't lost any of his three visits to Anfield, having drawn there as Norwich boss. His midlanders are yet to taste defeat this term in the Premier League.

Best Bet: Back Aston Villa (+2) to win @ 2.0621/20

Andreas Weimann has either scored (two) or assisted (one) all of Villa's league goals this season

Aston Villa have needed someone to compensate for Christian Benteke's long-term absence and, though Gabriel Agbonlahor recently signed a new contract and Darren Bent cost £24 million, both have been outshone by Weimann. The 23-year-old Austrian international was the hero against both Stoke and Hull and was cast in the same role at Anfield in each of the last two campaigns, breaking the deadlock in 2013/14's 2-2 draw and grabbing the second in Villa's 3-1 triumph in 2012/13.

Recommended Bet: Back Weimann to score @ 7.06/1

Reds new boy Mario Balotelli has scored four times in two clashes with the Villans

Almost every piece of bad news has a positive slant, and so it is that the injury suffered by Daniel Sturridge on England duty gives ignored-by-Italy Balotelli the opportunity to play the protagonist part with which he is most familiar in his first Anfield encounter as a Liverpool player. Super Mario butted heads with Aston Villa on four occasions during his spell at Man City and never failed to find the net, striking six times in total and opening the score in three instances.

Recommended Bet: Back Balotelli to score @ 1.991/1

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