Liverpool look to bounce back with a win after the disappointing loss to Villarreal in the Europe League fixture when they take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds have now failed to win their last two matches in all competitions and partly this is due to the injury crisis. Currently 7th in the league table with 34 matches played, the Kops have minimal chance of finishing inside European qualification spot, but Klopp will be wanting his team to finish strong and make the case for the next season.
Swansea are coming on the back of consecutive league defeats and they are 15th in the league with 40 points from 35 matches. They can’t relax as yet, but a win here could ensure their safety from relegation and extend their stay in English Premier League for another season.
- Swansea tasted defeat in their last two matches, but were unbeaten in the previous three with 2 wins and a draw.
- The Swans have failed to score a goal in their last two matches and conceded a heavy 7 goals.
- Swansea are on a three match winning run at home and all the wins had come by the same 1-0 score line.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League fixtures, with 3 wins and 2 draws.
- The Reds have scored 12 goals from their last 4 matches and conceded just 4.
- Liverpool have won 3 of their last 4 away matches, a defeat during the period came at Southampton by 3-2.
- Liverpool have scored 2 goals in each of their last three away games.
Swansea: Team News
Francesco Guidolin will have to do without the services of Leroy Fer and Alberto Paloschi, who are both out with hamstring injuries.
The back-to-back may force the Italian tactician to make a number of changes and the likes of Jefferson Montero, Modou Barrow and Ki Sung-yueng may return to the starting line-up.
Swansea: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Rangel,
Barrow, Sigurdsson, Montero,
Liverpool: Team News
Heavy rotation is expected from Jurgen Klopp as he look to rest a number of first team players for the second leg Europa League clash on Thursday.
Mamadou Sakho is carrying a ban, while 6 players including Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Divock Origi are injured.
Both Martin Skrtel and Christian Benteke are expected to start here and the youngsters like Brad Smith, Connor Randall, Kevin Stewart, Cameron Brannagan and Sheyi Ojo could all feature on Sunday.
Liverpool: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Smith, Toure, Skrtel, Randall,
Lallana, Ibe, Ojo,
Swansea vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head Stats
Swansea are on a 5 match losing streak against Liverpool in Premier League encounter. They have also failed to win in of the last 8 encounters with the Reds. Liverpool have won in 6 of those matches, while 2 were draws.
Swansea’s last win against Liverpool was in the Capital One Cup encounter at Anfield in November 2012.
While playing away at Swansea, the Reds are unbeaten in the last three with a win and two draws. Swansea’s last home win over Liverpool was in the Premier League clash on May 2012.
Swansea vs Liverpool: Prediction
Liverpool are expected to take this fixture lightly and field a number of fringe players. And they could well play this match into the hands of the hosts who are desperate for a win to ensure their stay in Premier League beyond doubt.
My Prediction for this match is a 2-1 win for Swansea, but one must keep an eye on the starting line-ups before betting on this match.
Swansea vs Liverpool: Bet Tips
Best Bet: Both Teams to Score.
Risky Bet: Swansea to win.