Swansea City host Liverpool FC on Saturday afternoon in the first Premier League clash of the day. Swansea City have been rocked in recent weeks with strong reports that their coach Francesco Guidolin is on the brink of the sack, with Ryan Giggs the bookies’ favourite to take his place in the Swansea dugout.
Liverpool comparatively are flying, having won three Premier League matches on the bounce, last time out trouncing Hull City 5-1 at Anfield. Liverpool continue to sustain their record of most goals scored in 2016, while they’ve scored the second most (16) in the league this season, with only Manchester City (18) having score more.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit 4th in the Premier League, trailing leaders Manchester City by five points. However, the Reds are the second favourites to lift the title this season (@6.50 at Bet365), as opposed to clear favourites Manchester City (@1.66 at Bet365). Swansea meanwhile sit 17th in the table, with just one point keeping them above the relegation zone. Furthermore, Swansea are now @3.50 at Bet365 to be relegated this season.
Liverpool are yet to keep a clean sheet in six Premier League matches this season, conceding 1.5 goals per game, while they find the back of the net 2.6 times per game. Swansea meanwhile have kept one clean sheet this season, but are yet to win a Premier League match since their opening day victory away to Burnley (1-0).
With regard to team news for Liverpool Dejan Lovren missed their 5-1 win over Hull last weekend through illness but will return to the starting XI should he recover. Other than that, Jurgen Klopp has no reason to change after another thrilling performance from his side.
Swansea meanwhile will be without Nathan Dyer who is sidelined for two months with an ankle injury. He was joined on the sidelines by Federico Fernandez in the last match and he remains a doubt for the reception of Liverpool. Borja Baston made his first league appearance for Swansea last week, but that came from the bench. Their club record signing will be eyeing his full debut in the league on Saturday.
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in their last three matches in the Premier League. Comparatively, Swansea have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches in the Premier League. Scoring at least two goals in their last three league matches Liverpool will be confident of having enough firepower in attack to seal the three points against the Welsh side here. However they are likely to concede in this match too, having conceded in every Premier League game this season.