Liverpool v Swansea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 25, 2017
Anfield – Premier League
Liverpool host Swansea in Boxing Day Premier League action, with the Reds wary of their top four opponents easy games. Unbeaten since October Klopp’s side will be confident of defeating a Swansea side who have earned just three points since the Reds’ last loss.
Swansea have enjoyed a decent record against Liverpool over the past two seasons, having shared the points evenly with two wins apiece. In last year’s edition of this fixture, the Swans came out on top, in a enthralling 3-2 win, including two goals from Fernando Llorente and one from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Given that both these players moved on over the summer, Tuesday’s game may be a very different proposition.
Both first choice full-backs are out for Liverpool, with Nathaniel Clyne out til February and Alberto Moreno still a doubt. Joel Matip, Danny Ward and Adam Bogdan are also sidelined, giving Klopp very little defensive depth.
Leon Britton remains injured, though will have his hands-full operating as player-manager whilst Swansea are without a proper coach. Britton’s biggest concern will be the injury to Wilfred Bony, which will see him out til the new year, just as the Ivorian looked to be regaining form.
Liverpool v Swansea Preview and Predictions
Having suffered through a poor spell of form in September, Jugen Klopp’s men have racked up a fantastic run of results, very much justifying their fourth place position and Champions League qualification. Whilst there remains a question over their defense, the attacking duo of Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah have blown opponents out of the water.
In Salah, they have the Premier League’s top scorer, and unfortunately for Swansea, the Egyptian looks unlikely to rest on his laurels over the festive period. Despite being bottom of the table, the Swans have far from the worst defense, but are having a tough time scoring, with fewer goals than any other side in the league.
This is likely to be their downfall against Liverpool, who have only lost in matches in which their opponents are even more attacking than they are. This having been said, sides in the lower half of the league have had some joy defending deep, with West Brom, Everton, and Watford all taking a point from Anfield this season. With Liverpool’s attack so based on speed, playing deep allows no space in behind, and places most of the creative responsibility on Philippe Coutinho, who is 7/2 to score first.
Coutinho to score and Liverpool to win at 21-20
Coutinho has been in good form recently, and if he gets a goal, Swansea will have to open up to find a goal.
0-0 full time score at 28/1
If Swansea defend deep, they may be able to snatch a draw.