Swansea VS Liverpool Prediction
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool has been fabulous in recent weeks and their visit at the “Liberty Stadium” in Swansea will be another real challenge for their ability to show consistency. Match comes early in Saturday and Swans of Francesco Guidolin are under pressure after just one draw in their last five matches. This keeps Swansea right above the relegation zone and Italian has personally stated he might lose its job if his team fails to win against visitors from Merseyside… Something which will inevitably increase motivation of his lads, who were not that bad in their last week fixtures but they had to play twice against extremely strong Manchester City influenced by Pep Guardiola’s setup.
Swansea vs Liverpool – Team News and Match Preview
Liverpool have won their last four matches in a row and scored 14 goals in the process. Pretty much displays the “poetry in motion” chant of Liverpool fans and contribution for that comes by their front trio. Coutinho, Mane and Firmino are in top form and they should be eyeing another big win this weekend to strengthen their good positioning before pause for international football. Indeed, Liverpool can be really pleased by their record of 13 points won in opening 6 rounds as we must note they have already played against Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and champions Leicester City, winning 10 points out of 12 possible. Superb form which was extended last weekend when “Reds” won over Hull City (5-1), despite doubts they can slip like they did in Burnley.
Swansea have lost four of their last five matches and another one could see the end of Guidolin’s commitment in the club from Wales. Swansea remains with only one Premier League success which was in the opening round (0-1 in Burnley), followed by four defeats and the only sign of optimism that came against Chelsea at home – 2:2 draw on 11th September.
Last weekend Swans lost 1-3 to Man City, few days after their 1-2 defeat by a same opposition, on same ground, but in another trophy – English League Cup. Despite final outcome of that encounter Swansea can regret they couldn’t squeeze something out of it, since Francesco Guidolin’s lads were dangerous enough and they’ve created some good scoring chances, although Pep Guardiola’s Citizens were dominating with the ball possession. Nothing new under the sun. Even Italian boss of club from South Wales has expressed his anticipation that Swansea can earn positive result from match against Liverpool, if they show same level of football as against “City”, but with better defensive and attacking efficiency.
Swansea vs Liverpool – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Swansea remains without Nathan Dyer as the winger has been sidelined for two months due to an ankle injury. He was joined on the sidelines by key defender Federico Fernandez, who missed last match and he remains a doubt for the reception of “The Reds” from Merseyside on Saturday. If Fernandez fails to recover on time he’ll probably be once again replaced by Dutch defender Mike van der Hoorn, who made its Premier League debut last weekend.
German boss of Liverpool hopes he’ll keep the spirit in the team and another victory for Liverpool can be really massive result, even a sign that team can stay close to leaders Manchester City. Of course, it’s too much if we may share a standpoint Liverpool can be involved in the title contention, but top 4 positions looks really possible, especially after such a promising beginning of season 2016-17. Fact that Liverpool won’t be engaged with UEFA football comes only as a plus for Jürgen Klopp’s side and everyone at “Anfield” believes that team can be competitive to all big names, that have spend huge transfer fees in the summer transfer window, while Liverpool were quite passive compared to most of the clubs, as all incoming transfers were very balanced. Jürgen Klopp has shared his opinion about huge transfer amounts and he did it more than once, so we doubt that someone is surprised by its policy, considering what was situation in his former club Borussia Dortmund. Anyhow, great budgets of any English Premier League team will allow him much more transfer freedom, but Liverpool will hardly be competitive for signing with biggest names in European football. Something which also brings lot of positives and so far Liverpool shows very sharp display in midfield and up front, but however, only question is how consistent they can be and for how long?
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Swansea’s 3-1 victory against Liverpool back in May, at the end of season 2015-2016, has ended an eight-match winless run against “The Reds”. This can be used as a positive for “The Swans” since they were with just two draws in previous 8 fixtures against Liverpool, respectively losing 6 of them. Not the best record though.
Now Swansea will be keen for first home win for season 2016-17 and game is a matter of life and death for the club. Potential loss or even a draw can send them into the relegation zone for at least two weeks, which pretty much depends on results of West Ham United and Stoke City. That period secures enough time for Swansea’s board to look for best possible replacement of Francesco Guidolin and that’s not the best possible moment to welcome a rampant Liverpool.
Meanwhile we saw that defense remains Liverpool’s achilles heel and they’ve conceded in any Premier League round so far. The only reason they’ve won in four from the games is they score more than their opponents and even Hull City found a way to score in its only situation last weekend, when “Tigers” were down to 10 men from first half.
Dejan Lovren should be ready to return in the starting squad since he missed last round due to a viral infection, while Mamadou Sakho remains out of the squad.
Belgian striker Divock Origi is a doubt for Liverpool’s trip to the Liberty Stadium having sustained a foot injury in training, but this won’t be such an issue since even player from Daniel Sturridge’s quality remains on the bench, when Klopp can rely to a trio in form with both Brazilians and summer signing Sadio Mane. Exactly Sturridge can boast with four goals and two assists from his six Premier League appearances against Swansea, so this can also be a proper request for a chance of the English striker, who don’t receive enough playing minutes this season and he still seeks its first Premier League goal in season 2016-17.
“Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals” in a match facing Swansea against Liverpool looks as a really good bet here and we believe that Francesco Guidolin’s last shot won’t be fired without proper resistance. Not so promising defensive lines, decent attackers and manager under huge pressure, few arguments that are perfectly backing our prediction.
Venue: “Liberty Stadium”, Swansea.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Possible starting lineups of Swansea City and Liverpool
Swansea City: Lukasz Fabianski – Ángel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Mike van der Hoorn, Kyle Naughton – Jack Cork, Sung-Yong Ki – Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge – Fernando Llorente. (4-2-3-1)
Liverpool: Loris Karius – James Milner, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne – Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana – Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino. (4-3-3)