Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs Liverpool
Venue: The Liberty Stadium – Monday, March 16 – 20:00 GMT (16:00 ET)
Match Odds: Swansea 3/1 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 10/11
Swansea City battle Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night, looking to leapfrog Stoke and be on course for their best ever finish in the Premier League whereas Liverpool head to Wales in search of three more points to carry on their rich vein of form as the race for the top four heats up.
Brendan Rodgers returns to the club with which he won promotion to the Premier League but he left after one season in the top flight to take over the hot seat at Anfield, where he has done excellently so far.
Garry Monk’s men have performed well this season and have already completed a double over Manchester United and also beat Arsenal at home. They have struggled since losing Wilfried Bony in January and the powerful Ivorian has left a huge hole in the striking position since leaving for Manchester City.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool are in a great mood and are blitzing opponents away left right and centre. The Reds are coming off a disappointing 0-0 draw in the FA Cup to Blackburn Rovers, but that shouldn’t be a concern as Liverpool have scored in 11 of their last 13 games. Plus, Brendan Rodgers has not lost to Swansea City as Liverpool manager.
The reverse fixture saw Liverpool crush Swansea 4-1 at Anfield with five different goalscorers, including an own goal from former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey.Embed from Getty Images
There have been 24 goals between the sides in the last five meetings in all competitions so this should be another entertaining affair.
Swansea are almost at full strength with French forward Bafetimbi Gomis expected to be back after collapsing at White Hart Lane in the loss to Spurs last time out. Kyle Bartley will miss out through injury.
Liverpool could welcome back Martin Skrtel, while Joe Allen, who has recently struggled with hip and thigh issues, and skipper Steven Gerrard could also return to the squad. But Jordan Ibe continues to be sidelined with a knee ligament injury while Lucas Leiva and Jose Enrique will definitely miss out.
Swansea City’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/W/W/D
Liverpool’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/W/W/W
Key stat: Since Swansea City’s promotion to the Premier League, Liverpool have failed to win at the Liberty Stadium (P3 D2 L1).Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Simon Mignolet – The Liverpool goalkeeper has been in absolutely fantastic form since he was dropped and he has got back to his best between the sticks. He’ll need another solid performance away from home in this one.
Swansea 1-3 Liverpool – Liverpool will cruise to victory ahead of next week’s game against Manchester United. Swansea City don’t have much to play for and will remain in 9th place by suffering their fourth loss at home in the Premier League this season.