A very curious event will take place in England on Saturday: Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield, already as coach. Who would have thought he would be facing his native Liverpool in a new role? His current team, Aston Villa, will try to stop the Reds’ winning ways – do the visitors have a chance? The analytical department of the website publishes their forecast for this match on December 11, 2021. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet.ng app download.
Liverpool will be setting themselves maximum goals again this season
The Merseysiders had a very difficult time last season. But it could even be more rewarding for the club: the management showed that they retain an ironclad support for Klopp even when things are bad, and Jurgen demonstrated that he knows how to find a way out of the deepest hole. Things are different now, and the Reds are once again fighting for the lead in Foggy Albion football. There are complaints about the defence, with van Dijk not yet at the same level as before the injury and Alisson not always helping out. But the attack, led by Salah, is incredible. And when it doesn’t work, there is, as with Wolverhampton, also a joker in Origi.
Aston Villa have clearly benefited from a change of manager
The Villans had lost five in a row by the start of November. That was the verdict for Dean Smith, especially as there were plenty of questions for the mentor even before that. After a brief election in Birmingham, it was decided on Gerrard as the man to restore the team to its lost ground. And it was curious whether Steven, who had been ‘run-in’ in Scotland (where he gave Rangers back the league title), would be able to produce results at home? Perhaps such an effect was not expected by Stevie G’s new employers either. With him, the club have now won three of their first four fixtures – against Brighton, Crystal Palace and, in the last round, even Leicester. True, December started with Manchester City and Pep Guardiola’s charges, even with a non-optimal squad (including Zinchenok), managed to take a 2-1 lead.
Aston Villa have dealt Liverpool some painful blows at home in recent years. And while 0-5 in the cup was due to the need to put youngsters on the board, 2-7 last October was a loss to the base.
Liverpool are simply stronger and Aston Villa are not as good at defending as Wolverhampton. Klopp should outplay Gerrard – bet on the home side to win with a -1.5 goal handicap (odds – 1.74).