Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs Swansea City

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, January 21 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 1/4 – Draw 5/1 – Swansea 10/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Premier League strugglers Swansea City to Anfield on Saturday in a game that looks to be a foregone conclusion.

The Merseyside club are sitting third, seven points off top spot and need to get on a run of form again in a bid to close that gap. They have drawn their last two league games which has slightly stuttered their title challenge.

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this one having secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup, after their replay win against Plymouth on Wednesday Night.

Liverpool have beaten Swansea in their last four meetings at Anfield and will be feeling confident of extending that run here.

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Swansea City are in trouble. They sit bottom of the Premier League and have won just once in their last six domestic outings.

Paul Clement will try to steady what looks a fast sinking ship but will be all too aware of how difficult this tie is going to be. Swansea were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in their last game and they could be in for a similar scoreline here if their defensive performance doesn’t improve.

There is still plenty of time for Swansea to get out of trouble. There are just ten points separating 11th and bottom place, so a run of positive results would more than likely see them move into a healthier position. Clement has signed both Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll to attempt to improve things, they should both help to lift spirits in the squad.

Swansea did win their last away fixture in the league, which was only the second time they have managed three points on the road this season. City have amassed just seven points away from home in the 16/17 campaign and it is difficult to see them adding to that tally here.

Team News

Liverpool are expecting to be without five for this one as Danny Ings, Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho, Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane are all set to be unavailable for selection. 

Swansea City have just the three injury concerns as Jefferson Montero, Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow are all out. 

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Swansea City’s last five: L/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: Liverpool have not lost in their last 17 Premier League games at Anfield.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward is going to need to step up and provide even more in the absence of Sadio Mane. He has netted six times this season and will see this as an opportunity to increase his tally.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-0 Swansea City – This should be a routine win for Liverpool so long as they remain focused and patient in breaking their opponents down. Swansea have to try to be tighter at the back, if they let Liverpool in early they know it could be a long afternoon with an unfavourably high scoreline.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Liverpool 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, August 14 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – Liverpool 19/10

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon in one of the Premier League’s standout fixtures on the opening weekend.

Both sides are set to be without a number of key men, who are out injured or lacking match fitness but both know that three points would be a huge boost here.

Arsenal are entering the new season without a trio of star players, with Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil set to miss out after arriving late for preseason preparations.

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But Arsene Wenger will still be under pressure to deliver a positive result after another frustrating transfer window, in which the club has still not bought a star striker, much to supporters’ frustration.

The Gunners beat Manchester City 3-2 last weekend in their final preseason friendly and will hope to hit the ground running here.

Liverpool come into the new season in good spirits after Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a successful first preseason campaign with the Reds.

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They thumped FC Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley last weekend, before then falling 4-0 to Mainz the following day, but more can be taken from the clash with the Spanish giants as Klopp fielded an almost full-strength side.

Liverpool have only won one of their last 20 trips to Arsenal in all competitions but will fancy their chances of success against a weakened Gunners squad.

Three of the last four clashes between these two have ended in draws and another close-fought battle is expected in Sunday’s content.

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Team News

Arsenal are facing an injury crisis before even beginning the new season. Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have returned to training late after their Euro 2016 campaigns, while Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are both injured, so there is a real problem in defence. On top of that, Jack Wilshere is suffering from a knock, with Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson also ruled out. Nacho Monreal could start in the centre of defence alongside new signing Rob Holding, with Kieran Gibbs and Hector Bellerin playing at full-back.

Liverpool have a sizeable injury list themselves ahead of their opening game. New goalkeeper Loris Karius is definitely out, along with Mamadou Sakho. While there are doubts over the fitness of James Milner, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Marko Grujic, Daniel Sturridge, Lucas Leiva and Sheyi Ojo. Roberto Firmino is expected to start as the lone striker, with summer arrivals Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum pushing for their Reds debuts.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: N/A

Liverpool’s last five: N/A

Key Stat: Late drama – This fixture has seen more 90th minute goals (16) than any other match in Premier League history. There has been a stoppage time goal in three of the last four league games between these two.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian playmaker is expected to occupy the ‘false nine’ position for Sunday’s game. He has nine Premier League goals with four assists so far in 2016 and will look to start the new campaign with a bang here.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool – This should be a tight contest between two sides that will setup to avoid defeat on the opening weekend. Both sides will want to play on the counter-attack, without committing too many men forward and so that could lead to quite a cagey game at the Emirates. An early goal could see the floodgates open but a score draw looks likely here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Everton

Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, April 20 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Everton 19/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Wednesday night in the Premier League for a midweek Merseyside Derby.

The home side have been on a fine run of form of late and come into this tie unbeaten in their last three league outings.

Liverpool won 2-1 away at Bournemouth last weekend and a win in this fixture could see them move up the table into 6th. Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with the progression his side are making and he will be hoping to end the season in the strongest form possible to build a foundation for Liverpool to mount a top four challenge next campaign. 

There have been six draws in the last seven Merseyside Derby clashes, but Liverpool will be feeling confident they can break that trend heading into this tie. 

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Everton are stuck in a rut of form. They haven’t won any of their last six Premier League games, losing twice and drawing in each of their last three.

There is plenty of room for improvement for Roberto Martinez’s side and a win here would certainly be the lift they are looking for as the season nears its end.

Everton’s last league visit to Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw, a scoreline they would probably be satisfied with heading into this tie given the differing form between the two sides.

The Toffees are sitting in 11th on 41 points and they will want to ensure they can get back into form as only two points separate them and 16th place at this stage.

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Team News

Liverpool have seven injury concerns heading into this tie. Christian Benteke, Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings are all expected to miss out, while Divock Origi and Kolo Toure are both doubts.

Everton have one less injury concern. Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley, Seamus Coleman, Tony Hibbert and Aaron Lennon are all doubtful, while Phil Jagielka remains out.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Everton’s last five: L/L/D/D/D

Key Stat: Everton have failed to win in any of their last six Premier League outings and have only scored twice in their last five games. 

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward has netted nine goals this season, including his side’s opener last weekend and will look to light up the Merseyside Derby at Anfield here.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Everton – Liverpool to continue their run of form and overpower a struggling Everton side in front of the home crowd. It’s been a tough season for Everton, who have underachieved given their squad strength but Liverpool will likely add to their woes with a comfortable victory on Wednesday night.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

Venue: Selhurst Park – Sunday, March 6 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 13/5 – Draw 23/10 – Liverpool 23/20

Match Preview

Crystal Palace will hope to end a dreadful run of form when they welcome Liverpool to Selhurst Park in the earlier of the Sunday Premier League games this weekend.

Form suggests that Palace are currently the worst team in the league after they saw their winless streak stretch to 11 with a draw away to Sunderland in the week.

Despite being nine points clear of the relegation zone, Alan Pardew and his team will be wary that unless things change soon, they may be fighting for survival in the final weeks of the campaign.

Crystal Palace’s Premier League record: P28 – W9 – D6 – L13

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Liverpool have arguably been the most impressive team over the last couple of weeks and are now only six points off the top four.

A 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday saw the Merseyside club close the gap on their top four rivals. The win of course followed up the agonising loss on penalties to City in the League Cup final last Sunday, and that resilience will have delighted Jurgen Klopp.

After scoring nine goals in their last two Premier League games and conceding none, Liverpool are in the best form of their season and look on course for a serious push for Europe.

Liverpool’s record in the Premier League: P27 – W11 – D8 – L8 

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Team News

Crystal Palace remain hopeful Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham can both shake off knocks to start. Jason Puncheon and James McArthur are both out.

Liverpool will of course still be without Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, who both have season-ending injuries. Mamadou Sakho (head) is a doubt but Lucas Leiva (thigh strain) is ruled out so Klopp’s problems at the back continue.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/L/L/D

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Crystal Palace are yet to win in the Premier League in 2016.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian is flourishing under Jurgen Klopp and is given the freedom to create all over the final third. With his freedom of movement, it will be hard for the Palace defence to track him and so you can expect him to manipulate space and cause them problems on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool – Form doesn’t often lie and this Palace side are struggling to look convincing enough to win in the league. Liverpool rolled over a very good Manchester City side in midweek, so we’re expecting an easy away win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United FC

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, January 17 – 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 13/10 – Draw 11/5 – Manchester United 11/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield for the latest installment in their long-standing rivalry in what is the standout Premier League fixture of the weekend.

The Reds battled to earn a point in their 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night, thanks to a stoppage time Joe Allen strike, though they will be disappointed that they twice led a lead slip in what was an end-to-end game against the league leaders.

Jurgen Klopp still has a lengthy injury list to worry about but he has so far impressed against the league’s bigger sides and will now want to beat United in his first clash against them.

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The Red are ninth going into the weekend, three points behind United in sixth place. Their top four hopes are still alive, but they need to start winning games more regularly to stand a chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition next term.

United are fighting for the same objective, but a run of one win in eight league games has seen them fall off the pace and Louis Van Gaal remains under intense pressure.

The Red Devils let a two-goal lead slip at Newcastle on Tuesday night and will be hugely disappointed to only come away with a point from that 3-3 draw.

Van Gaal’s side scored three goals in a Premier League game for the first time since October on Tuesday night, but the Dutchman will also be worried that his defence conceded three goals in a league match for just second time this season.

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United beat Liverpool 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in September and they have now won each of the last three games against their rivals. A win on Sunday would be huge for the Red Devils but that looks unlikely given their recent struggles.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp still has a seriously long injury list to worry about, though Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho’s return on Wednesday slightly eased the defensive crisis. Steven Caulker has joined on loan and will hope for a first start here, while Jordan Ibe and Daniel Sturridge remain doubtful. Dejan Lovren is definitely out, along with Joe Gomez, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Rossiter, Danny Ings, Martin Skrtel, Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is set to recall Juan Mata to the starting lineup here, after he earned some rest on Tuesday night. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick both look set to miss out again, while Phil Jones also remains doubtful. Nick Powell, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw all remain sidelined.

Key Stats

Liverpool’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Manchester United’s last five: L/L/D/W/D

Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last three games against Liverpool, recording an aggregate scoreline of 8-2 over those matches.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian attacker netted twice for Liverpool in their 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday and will likely play in the ‘false 9’ position once again here as he will look to hurt a United defence that conceded three it their last outing.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – Both sides will be disappointed with their league positions at this stage of the season and will look to hurt each other in what is always a fierce rivalry. Liverpool will look to make home advantage count and will be confident of beating a vulnerable United side, given their fine displays against the big sides under Jurgen Klopp.