Saturday, April 21, 2018

Travel-happy Liverpool should have no problems against Swansea this time

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 29 Sep 2016

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with his sides attacking play this season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with his side’s attacking play this season.

Liverpool travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that had proven to be a banana-skin fixture in the past.

However, with Swansea struggling for form, while Liverpool have pulled off some major scalps on the road, the Reds are being backed to pick up all three points.

Swansea looking like relegation candidates on recent form

Swansea City are currently 17th in the Premier League table with four points from six games. The Welsh club have suffered four defeats from their last five games in the division ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Liverpool, and have conceded two or more goals in four of the matches. Manager Francesco Guidolin is under pressure after the side’s poor start to the season, and has even publicly admitted he could lose his job if Swansea fall short in their next game.

City haven’t had the kindest of starts in the Premier League, facing defending champions Leicester City, 2014/15 title-winners Chelsea and current leaders Manchester City, but the manner of the performances is a big bug-bear for supporters and critics. A lack of goals being scored has led to discontent from the supporters, and a Liverpool side blowing teams away in recent weeks is the worst side possible for the Swansea to face.

Liverpool performing like champions

Unfortunately for Swansea City, Liverpool are in mesmerising form in recent weeks. The Merseysiders find themselves fourth in the Premier League table behind only two sides on points, while having scored the second-most amount of goals early on. Jurgen Klopp’s men have already beaten Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in the league this season, but the wins over Arsenal and Chelsea came on the road which will terrify Swansea.

Liverpool playing at the Liberty Stadium used to be a bogey ground for them. The Reds would often be made to settle for a share of the spoils or less, but they are in too good of form to fall short this time. Swansea have won two and drawn two of their five home meetings against Liverpool in the Premier League, but have picked up just one point from a possible nine at home this season which suggests their impressive head-to-head record could start to become one-sided.

Swansea have lost their mojo on home soil this season, while only Manchester City have picked up more points on the than Liverpool. As a result, Liverpool are 7/15 to win against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

Foregone conclusion?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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