Opta Big Match Stats: Liverpool to spill more home points

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The Opta figures offer plenty of encouragement to both Liverpool layers and Wilfried Bony backers...

"Wilfried Bony has scored the first goal in three of his last four away starts for Swansea."
Recommended Bet: Back Bony to be first goalscorer @ 8.27/1

Liverpool v Swansea
Monday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Match Odds: Liverpool 1.768/11, Swansea 5.59/2, The Draw 3.9

Liverpool have won just two of their last eight Premier League games at Anfield

Swansea's Premier League away record looks like nothing special - P8 W2 D2 L4 - but they have been in contention to win every single one, being punished for carelessly surrendering leads. They struck first in each of their four road defeats, including at top-six trio Chelsea, Man City and West Ham, only to be ultimately overwhelmed, yet would be more confident of earning points if they assume the same position at Liverpool, as the Reds average a point per match at Anfield this season.

Recommended Bet: Lay Liverpool to win @ 1.774/5

There have been 16 goals in the last three Premier League games between Swansea and Liverpool

Opta note that the complexion of this fixture has changed beyond all recognition since their first three Premier League meetings served up just one goal in total. They contested a 4-3 at Anfield last term, having already partaken in a 5-0 and a 2-2 in the year or so prior, and their Capital One Cup collision on Merseyside two months ago also delivered over 2.5 goals. Unsurprisingly, given their tendency to strike first and then lose, all of Swansea's four trips to top-half rivals in 2014/15 have produced at least three goals, as have Liverpool's three home contests with that calibre of opponent.

Recommended Bet: Back over 2.5 goals @ 1.910/11

Wilfried Bony has scored the first goal in three of his last four away starts for Swansea

Swansea won at Hull recently without their influential Ivorian in the starting line-up, but his impact throughout 2014 - in which he has netted 23 times for the Swans - has been enormous enough to rate his impending African Cup of Nations exit as a massive concern. They have already organised some cover on loan in the form of Portuguese forward Nelson Oliveira, though Bony might not have concluded his year's scoring quite yet. The 26-year-old fired at Anfield last season and has broken the deadlock in six of the seven games that he has bagged in this term.

Recommended Bet: Back Bony to be first goalscorer @ 8.27/1

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