First they faced Arsenal at the Emirates then Chelsea at the Bridge; now, Aston Villa will play their first home game by entertaining Liverpool. This is has to go down in history as one of the toughest Premier League opening schedules in history for a team that barely escaped relegation a season ago.
The best move Villa could make was certainly made when coach Paul Lambert did everything he could to convince star young striker Christian Benteke to stay with the team instead of joining a powerhouse, where he could have definitely won more and perhaps even played in Europe. He decided to stay put and make a name for himself by playing for his first EPL club.
So far, that decision hasn’t been too shabby.
Last weekend in the opening match of the new season, Benteke helped his Villa side achieve a thrilling come-from-behind 3-1 victory at the Emirates over Arsenal. This was an absolutely unexpected three points that they managed to earn in one of their toughest road trips.
On Wednesday, they traveled to the Bridge to face Chelsea, but lost 2-1 in a game where they could have found a late equalizer.
The point is that they had to play their first two games on the road against two of the best teams in the league, and even though they lost one of those matches, they definitely held their own. Last season, Villa lost 8-0 at Chelsea, but only lost by one this time around. This is a huge improvement on its own.
Now the team will host Liverpool in their first home match and to be frank, they can definitely win this.
The Reds are expected to be without Luis Suarez, which should make matters a bit easier for them, but will not guarantee anything. Regardless, they will want to win this to prove that their performance from the opening two matches were no fluke and after a dismal season from last year, they owe their home fans a a game to remember.