It hasn't been the best of starts to their Premier League campaign for last seasons runners-up Liverpool, they currently occupy 8th position in the table after 9 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats from their opening 21 fixtures, a poor return that leaves them 5 points off Manchester United in 4th and the final Champions League qualification position, which would have been the minimum expectation heading into this season. However Liverpool have showed signs of an improvement in form in recent matches and come into this game having picked up 11 points from the last 15 available, a run that includes a victory last weekend when they won 1-0 away to Sunderland, with summer-signing Lazar Markovic continuing his upturn in form and grabbing the only goal of the game in a man-of-the-match performance.
Aston Villa are the hosts for Saturdays game and they have made a poor start to the season with 5 wins, 7 draws and 9 defeats from their opening 21 matches, an underwhelming record that leaves them in 13th position in the table just 3 points above the relegation zone. Unsurprisingly Aston Villa come into this game on a poor run of form that has seen them go 6 league matches without a victory, which includes another disappointing display last time out when they were beaten 1-0 away to bottom of the table Leicester City, a result which makes it just 1 goal scored in their last 6 games, in-fact Villa have only scored 11 league goals all season, an abysmal return that not only makes them the lowest scoring side in the Premier League but also the lowest scoring side in the whole Football League.
Liverpool have been on a much improved run of form in recent matches and will be favourites to keep that going with victory over a struggling Aston Villa side.
Prediction: Aston Villa 0 - 1 Liverpool.