Swansea City vs Liverpool: Match preview and predicted line-ups
Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the Premier League title with the bookmakers and the Reds are traveling to Swansea this weekend. Francesco Guidolin is under pressure with the Welsh club and a loss could lead to him leaving the Liberty Stadium. The Swans’s managerial situation has remained uncertain since the sacking of Garry Monk, with Guidolin never feeling fully secure in the job. There were rumours about Brendan Rodgers at the end of last season and now Ryan Giggs is being linked. If the board aren’t convinced by Guidolin, it would be better to make the change sooner rather than later.
This match provides a good opportunity for Liverpool to secure their fourth successive league win and confirm themselves as a real force this year. In the previous seasons, Liverpool have sometimes struggled in matches when they should win. They can’t afford many more slip ups like the one they suffered against Burnley if they want to finish in the top four this season. It is crucial for them to maintain their momentum and take it into the international break.
Swansea haven’t had a great deal of success against Liverpool since their promotion to the Premier League in 2011. They have won on just two occasions in the league, but one of those came during their last meeting in May. It ended 3-1 to the Welsh club and they will take a great deal of confidence from that ahead of Saturday.
Swansea haven’t won in their last five matches and desperately need three points to kickstart their season. There was optimism on the first day after a victory over Burnley, but it has gone downhill quickly and they are now just one point above the relegation zone.
On the other hand, Liverpool are in excellent form and have recovered excellently from a disappointing defeat against Burnley. They were unlucky not to pick up the win against Spurs and have come out of a tough run of fixtures with an impressive total of points.
The home side put up a spirited fight against Manchester City and perhaps deserved more on the day. I expect them to play the same side this weekend. Gylfi Sigurdsson hasn’t been at his best at the start of the new season, but he is vital this weekend. If he plays well, Swansea have a good chance of getting a positive result this weekend.
Liverpool are unlikely to make many changes, but one man expected to come back into the starting eleven is Dejan Lovren. The centre back missed the home match against Hull and will be welcomed back into the team. The rest of the side is likely to remain the same.
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Federico Fernandez is going to be missing due to a groin strain, while Nathan Dyer is still a number of weeks away from a return to action.
Dejan Lovren is expected to return from injury this weekend at centre back. Divock Origi faces a late fitness test after a foot injury. Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez are both still missing and won’t feature against Swansea.
Liverpool have struggled against the lesser teams in the league and supporters will fear another slip up in South Wales on Saturday. Guidolin desperately needs a result and it will be interesting to see if the players are still giving their all for a manager that is clearly not wanted at board level. Liverpool have played some excellent football in recent weeks and I expect them to continue their winning streak on Saturday. Although I don’t think they will challenge for the title, they have a good chance of finishing in the top four and to do so, they need to be beating sides like Swansea.
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