Liverpool - Aston Villa Betting Preview: Why Rodgers' Reds must be wary of Weimann

The hosts are red-hot favourites but our tipster believes that the Villans' in-form Austrian striker is excellent value to find the net for Paul Lambert's men on Saturday evening
Aston Villa have made an impressive start to the Premier League season but Paul Lambert’s side will face their toughest test of the campaign thus far when they travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

This weekend’s hosts ran out as impressive 3-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur last time out and Brendan Rodgers will be keen to see his side make home advantage count against the in-form Villans this weekend.

Paul Lambert’s men will be buoyed by their fine start to the campaign, having garnered seven points from their opening three matches and, somewhat surprisingly, Villa also boast a very decent record at Anfield in recent seasons.

Indeed, Liverpool have won just one of the last five meetings between the two clubs on home turf and can be backed at just 1/4 (1.25) with bet365 to claim maximum points from this weekend’s meeting in Merseyside.

Villa are chalked up at 10/1 (11.0) with bet365 to upset the hosts once more while the same firm go 5/1 (6.0) that both sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Daniel Sturridge, who sat out of England’s 2-0 victory in Switzerland on Monday night, looks unlikely to be fit to lead the attack for the Reds on Saturday night so he is best avoided at just 3/1 (4.0) with bet365 to break the deadlock this weekend.

Headline-grabbing front man Mario Balotelli will be desperate to make a positive impression on his home debut for the Reds and the Italian striker is chalked up at 15/4 (4.75) with bet365 to open the scoring against Paul Lambert’s side.

Austrian striker Andreas Weimann has hit the ground running for Villa this term, notching two goals in his first three Premier League matches and the 23-year-old is a massive price at 16/1 (17.0) with bet365 to net first this weekend.

Better value, though, may lie in backing Weimann at 9/2 (5.50) with bet365 to score at any time against the Reds this weekend.

Villa have found the net no fewer than nine times on their last five visits to Merseyside and, should Paul Lambert’s men add to that tally this weekend, Weimann looks to be the man most likely to do so.

Therefore, punters should snap up the supremely generous 9/2 (5.50) quote from bet365 for the 23-year-old Austrian hitman to make his mark this weekend.

Andreas Weimann to score at any time at 9/2 (5.50) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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