Can Aston Villa ruin Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes… with help from Ollie Watkins?
Can Aston Villa ruin Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes… with help from Ollie Watkins?

Can Aston Villa ruin Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes… with help from Ollie Watkins?

The Quadruple dream is fading following Manchester City’s epic win over Newcastle, Liverpool MUST be at their best for the remaining fixtures.

However Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard will be looking to put a dent in his former club’s Premier League title dreams, most likely with star player, Ollie Watkins.

Can Watkins’ goal record against Liverpool swing the title race?
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Watkins is no stranger to Liverpool, as he scored more league goals against the Merseyside club than he has any other side (4), netting a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season.

And not to mention the striker has netted 10+ goals in each of his two Premier League seasons for Aston Villa (10 this season, 14 in 2020-21).

He is only the third Englishman to do so in consecutive seasons for Villa, only with Dion Dublin (11 in 1998-99, 12 in 1999-00) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (11 in 2007-08, 12 in 2008-09, 13 in 2009-10).

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Watkins has scored 10+ goals in each of his two Premier League seasons for Aston Villa.
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Will Gerrard ruin Liverpool’s chances to lifting the silverware or can Klopp find victory at Villa Park?

talkSPORT EDGE takes a look at the all important numbers…

  • Aston Villa won this exact fixture 7-2 last season – they’ve not beaten Liverpool in consecutive home league games since February 1998.
  • Liverpool have won seven of their last eight Premier League meetings with Aston Villa, with the exception being a 7-2 loss at Villa Park last season.
  • There have been 20 away wins in Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and Liverpool, with the Reds’ 14 wins at the Villans more than they’ve beaten any other side on the road. In fact, only Manchester City vs Manchester United (21) has been won by the away side more in Premier League history.
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Liverpool have won seven of their last eight Premier League matches against Villa.
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  • Liverpool have scored 41 away Premier League goals this season, only failing to score in only one away game (0-1 vs Leicester).
  • Aston Villa have won their last two Premier League matches and are looking to win three in a row for only the third time in their last nine top-flight campaigns. 
  • Liverpool haven’t dropped a single point against sides starting the day in the bottom half of the table this season, winning all 18 such games by an aggregate score of 52-4.
  • Sadio Mané has scored 14 Premier League goals for Liverpool this season, with only Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota netting more for the club. Liverpool could become just the second team in Premier League history to have three players reach 15 goals in a single campaign, after Manchester City’s title winning side of 2013-14 (Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero and Edin Dzeko).
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Salah, Jota and Mane are Liverpool’s top scorers this season.
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  • Danny Ings has netted against former sides Burnley and Southampton in the Premier League this season, with Romelu Lukaku in 2017-18 the last player to score against three former sides in a season (Chelsea, Everton and West Brom).


Published on : May 10, 2022 at 8:30 PM

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