Swansea perspective: Jim White, SCFC2.
Swansea have Ki Seung Yung back from injury, and with Chico having fully recovered from his dead leg, Michael Laudrup has selection decisions to make ahead of Brendan Rogers first return to the liberty stadium. My gut feel is that Chico will replace Monk and Michu will head back up front (even though he prefers being in midfield) with Ki returning in midfield. I also think Wayne Routledge will come back into the team as the second wideman alongside club record signing Pablo Hernandez.
It has taken the Swans a few games to understand the way in which Laudrup wants to play but the signs are that the team is now settling into another season within the Premier League. The win at Newcastle (the first away win since the first day of the season) was our fourth game unbeaten and was a sign that the Swans are improving defensively and have now added a potent attacking threat to their game that sometimes wasn’t evident last season.
Recent games between both teams give the Swans the edge, with a Capital One cup win at Anfield adding to our win in the last game of last season when Danny Graham's goal put the final nail in Kenny Dalglish’s coffin. The cup win was the first time in recent games where a decent amount of goals were scored, although Liverpool often put Swansea to the sword in the 80s and 90s. However, that was when they were a big name and a big club; they come to the Liberty this time around 11th in the Premier League and looking like a team in transition.
Pablo Hernandez to score first at 11.0. With the former Valencia man finally starting to find his feet in the Premier League, his ability to score with both feet and eye for goal mke him excellent value at those odds.
Six or more Swansea corners at 2.20. A strange one, but the Swans do tend to get a lot of corners and I won money in our game against Southampton on this exact market.
Liverpool/Swansea HT/FT at 25.00. The Swans are resilient at home and whilst I can see Liverpool scoring, when the fans get behind the team they make the Liberty an intimidating place to play. If Liverpool get one, don’t be surprised to see the Swans equalise and then go on and win it!
Score prediction: Swansea 3-1 Liverpool (25.00)
Liverpool perspective: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.
Brendan Rodgers rested a few senior players for the Thursday Europa League game against Young Boys. Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Joe Allen and Glen Johnson were all left out, while Steve Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez only played part of the game. Lucas Leiva might get a start on the bench after playing in an U21 game on Friday. Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly are the only major injuries.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last seven Premier League games, and although the Reds didn't win against Young Boys on Thursday they were impressive last weekend against Wigan. Luis Suarez is currently the top scorer in the league and will be looking to add to this goal tally. Jose Enrique has also been in excellent form, even scoring his first goal for Liverpool against Wigan.
Liverpool haven't won in three games against Swansea, the most recent of which came in the Capital One Cup a few weeks ago. Last season we lost at the Liberty Stadium and suffered a stalemate at Anfield.
Luis Suarez to score at 2.20. The Uruguayan has been in scintillating form, and will fancy his chances against a shaky Swans defence.
Under 2.5 goals at 2.00. I fancy Brendan Rodgers' return to Wales to be a relatively tight affair.
Liverpool clean sheet at 3.10. Our backline has improved over the last few weeks, and I fancy us to earn another shut-out here.
Score prediction: Swansea 0-2 Liverpool (11.50)