Aston Villa face Liverpool as the Premier League returns on Boxing Day, with all the action exclusively live on talkSPORT.
New Villa boss Unai Emery will be aiming to continue his 100 per cent record in charge after making a good start to life back in the top-flight before the World Cup.
Emery will make club history if his side come out on top, with no other manager winning their first three games in the league.
But the Reds will be out to make sure this doesn’t happen and boast a great Boxing Day record, winning their last five with an aggregate score of 15-0.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have endured a poor start to the season and will be hoping they can turn things around after the restart to reduce the 15-point deficit to leaders Arsenal.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, December 26.
Kick-off at Villa Park is scheduled for 5:30pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Adrian Durham.
Commentary will then come from Adam Bridge and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Team news
Philippe Coutinho and Diego Carlos will remain out for Aston Villa with the latter recovering from a long-term injury.
But Emery should have all of his players who were at the World Cup back and fit to play.
Liverpool will be without Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota as they both remain sidelined while recovering from injuries.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are expected to be involved after spending the last month in Qatar.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: What has been said?
Aston Villa midfielder Boubacar Kamara is expecting his side to give their all for three points on Boxing Day.
“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we always want to win,” he said.
“We always want to go out there and get the three points. We’re not going to sit around, admire them and watch them play.
“It’s an important game for both us and them. We’re playing at home, so the emphasis is on us to go and win it.”
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Match facts
- Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 26. Ings has also been involved in 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances against sides he’s previously played for in the competition (7 goals, 3 assists).
- Only Gareth Barry (18) and Frank Lampard (17) have played more Premier League games on Boxing Day than Liverpool’s James Milner (14), whose first ever goal in the competition came on this day 20 years ago, as a 16-year-old for Leeds United against Sunderland.
- Aston Villa have won both of their Premier League games under Unai Emery so far – no manager has ever won their first three league games in charge of the Villans in the club’s history.
- Liverpool have won their last two Premier League games, and are looking to win three in a row for the first time this season.
- Aston Villa have won three of their last four Premier League games (L1), more than they had in their final 15 under Steven Gerrard (W2 D5 L8). They’re looking to win three in a row for the first time since March.
- Liverpool have won their last five Premier League Boxing Day games by an aggregate score of 15-0, including all four games under Jürgen Klopp. Indeed, only Mauricio Pochettino (5/5) has a better 100% Premier League win rate on Boxing Day than the German (4/4).
- Aston Villa have won four of their last six league games on Boxing Day (L2), as many as they had in their previous 23. However, they did lose 3-1 at home to Chelsea on this day last season.
- Liverpool have won 92 of their 188 previous league meetings with Aston Villa – in English league history, only Arsenal have beaten an opponent more often (99 vs Everton).
- No Premier League fixture has been won by the away side as often as Aston Villa vs Liverpool (21), with Liverpool’s 15 wins at Villa Park their most at a single away ground in the competition.
- Aston Villa have lost eight of their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool, with the exception being a 7-2 win in October 2020.
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