Opta Stats: Aston Villa v Liverpool

Will Steven Gerrard extend his scoring record for Liverpool against Aston Villa?
Will Steven Gerrard extend his scoring record for Liverpool against Aston Villa?

Can shot shy Aston Villa find success against in-form Liverpool? Opta rates their chances.

"Aston Villa have scored just five goals in their last 15 Premier League home games against Liverpool."

Brendan Rodgers' side are 6/42.5 to keep a clean sheet.

Christian Benteke has scored four goals in four Barclays Premier League appearances against Liverpool - more than against any other opponent. Benteke is 85/403.1 to score.

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League visits to Villa Park (W10 D5 L1). They are 10/111.92 to win.

Aston Villa have scored just five goals in their last 15 Premier League home games against Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers' side are 6/42.5 to keep a clean sheet.

The Villans are unbeaten in their last five home league matches but have drawn four of those and overall won just one of the last eight at Villa Park (W1 D4 L3). The draw is 13/53.6.

Steven Gerrard has scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than any other side in his career (12). Gerrard is 12/53.4 to find the net.

Five of Gerrard's 12 Premier League goals against Villa have been from penalties and five from outside the box, including two direct free kicks. The other two were headers. Gerrard is 7.5 to score the first goal.

Mario Balotelli has scored four goals in three Premier League games against the Villans - twice as many goals as he has against any other opponent. Balotelli is 2.75 to add to his tally.

Daniel Sturridge has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Aston Villa. Now back in training, Sturridge is likely to be priced at around 5/42.3 to score.

Paul Lambert and Brendan Rodgers have met seven times as opposition coaches in the Premier League and the Scot has the upper hand with four wins and just two defeats. Villa are 4/14.9 to win.

Aston Villa have scored first in five of the last six league meetings with the Reds (W2 D2 L2). Villa are 9/25.3 to be leading at half-time.

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