Liverpool to win – 2.00
The fact that Manchester United looked like Manchester United in their 3-0 dismantling of Tottenham at the weekend has raised the pressure on Liverpool ahead of this trip to South Wales, but the good news for them is that they’ve been looking more and more like Liverpool recently.
The drab FA Cup draw with Blackburn Rovers was a game too far, but the Reds have had eight days off since then, more than enough time to ‘go again’ and get back to the levels they’ve been reaching with increasing regularity the longer the season goes on.
A win sets up next weekend’s meeting with United perfectly, and a win is what they should get.
Liverpool to keep a clean sheet – 2.55
The last player to score a Premier League goal against Simon Mignolet away from Anfield was… Simon Mignolet.
The date was December 2nd and the opposition were Leicester City, who benefitted from a Mignolet own goal before going on to lose 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.
Since then the Belgian was left out of the 3-0 loss at Old Trafford before returning to keep clean sheets on the road at Burnley, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Everton and Southampton, keeping goal behind a settled back three which is set to return to type this evening, with Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho all looking likely to start.
Daniel Sturridge to score at any time – 2.60
Since joining Liverpool in 2013 Daniel Sturridge has faced Swansea City three times and he’s scored four goals.
More relevant is the fact that the forward is slowly but surely returning to full fitness following a nightmare injury spell, and he’s picking up more and more confidence in front of goal.
With the team now set up to get the best out of him he is likely to get chances at the Liberty Stadium, and he should be backed to at least put one of those away.
Jonjo Shelvey to be booked – 3.00
Jonjo Shelvey’s meetings with Liverpool have certainly been eventful ever since he left the club in 2013.
In his first match after leaving he scored within seconds only to gift the Reds two goals, in his second he scored a stunner in front of an applauding Kop end and then in his third – at the end of December last year – he delighted that same Kop end by flicking in an own goal as he attempted to mark Adam Lallana from a corner.
Will he be equally prominent tonight? Surely not, but he’ll want to make his presence felt and that could lead to a ninth caution of the season.
Philippe Coutinho to score from outside the penalty area – 15.00
And if you fancy a long shot – quite literally – then a punt on another Philippe Coutinho cracker could certainly be worth your while.
In recent weeks Bolton Wanderers, Southampton and Manchester City have all felt the force of the Brazilian’s newfound confidence from distance, and a small stake on him repeating the trick in South Wales might well be of interest.
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