Liverpool difficulty against Aston Villa to continue

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Aston Villa host Liverpool in the second of the three big Valentines Day games and the club bottom of the Premier League are expected to lose once again.

Regardless of result, the Villans will remain 20th showcasing how far off the pace they have been this season and the Reds are 4/5 favourites for the meeting.

However, there is enough to suggest that the 7/2 underdogs will be able to come away with only their fourth league win of the campaign.

Much like this season, Villa were poor in 2014/15 and only survived the drop by three points in a campaign where they lost 20 league matches.

However, despite their struggles they were able to get the better of the Merseysiders in two of their three encounters.

Brendan Rodgers guided his team to a win when the two sides met at Villa Park, but the Villans won at Anfield and Wembley.

The Premier League win on Liverpool’s home turf came early in the campaign, with Gabriel Agbonlahor grabbing the winner after only ten minutes.

An FA Cup semi-final was the scene for Villa’s next triumph, with Tim Sherwood’s men showing their worth in a 2-1 victory where Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph got the crucial goals to earn their team a passage to the final.

The trend of the Midlanders being a bogey team for Liverpool doesn’t just extend to last season and there are many other instances of those in claret and blue causing an upset.

Villa have managed to take at least a point away from the Reds in every season since the 2006/7 season.

Indeed, in that run the Villans have managed to rack up four victories, a surprisingly high number given the believed gulf in class between the two.

Liverpool won the encounter earlier in the season and this adds validity to the belief that the side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League can get something out of this game as the trend shows they always manage to somehow earn at least a point.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.