Swansea v Liverpool: Goals on the cards as Klopp's red-hot side take on sinking Swans

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a full-strength squad to call on, including fit-again defender Dejan Lovren
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a full-strength squad to call on, including fit-again defender Dejan Lovren
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In-form Liverpool visit struggling Swansea in the early Premier League kick-off on Saturday and Andrew Atherley expects to see plenty of scoring...


"The Swans have scored against Chelsea and Manchester City (on two occasions, in league and cup) in their last three home games and Liverpool have found the net against every opponent bar Burnley."

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Swansea v Liverpool
Saturday 1 October, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports 1


Swansea

A bright start with an opening-day victory at Burnley quelled some fears, but not for long. A single point from five league games since then has left Swansea fourth from bottom and with the axe hanging over Francesco Guidolin.

Ashley Williams has been a major loss for the Swans, who are missing his leadership qualities as well as his defensive capabilities following his transfer to Everton. Andre Ayew, who scored twice in the 3-1 home win over Liverpool in May, also departed in the summer and the holes in Guidolin's squad have been exposed.

Nathan Dyer is still on the sidelines with an ankle injury.


Liverpool

Excitement is mounting about the potential of Jurgen Klopp's team after a series of scintillating displays interrupted only by the drab 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

The Reds are up to fourth after three straight wins and, without the distraction of European football, they look well set for a concerted challenge through the winter.

Dejan Lovren, who missed last Saturday's 5-1 thrashing of Hull City due to a viral infection, is ready to return but Klopp must decide whether to stick with Ragnar Klavan alongside Joel Matip in central defence.


Match Odds

On current form Swansea look there for the taking, having failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening 1-0 win at Burnley and conceded at least two goals in four of their five league games since then.

The glimmers of hope stem from the fact that they are scoring themselves (against teams as good as Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester) and they were close to a win over Chelsea in the 2-2 home draw three weeks ago.

Until they can put it a long way behind them, Liverpool will be faced with the question of why they failed so badly in that defeat at Burnley. But for that blot on the form book, they would be looking even more serious title contenders than they are already.

Can it be ignored? Not definitively, but it was their only blank on the road since the 2-0 defeat at L
Leicester in early February and their away record since the Leicester match is W5 D2 L3 - apart from Burnley, the losses were at Southampton (forgivable) and, interestingly, 3-1 at Swansea late last season.

Swansea were going much better then, however, and Liverpool were probably not as good. The Reds are favourites, for sure, but the odds look skinny.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Liverpool lead the Premier League on goals average in their games - 4.17, which puts even Manchester City (3.83) in the shade - but two out of six have had under 2.5 goals and both of those were on the road, so it is not a given that this match will be on the high-scoring side.

Once again, however, the blot is the Burnley defeat - the other match with under 2.5 goals was a much more creditable 1-1 at Tottenham. With Liverpool having only been shut out by Burnley and Swansea having a good chance of contributing to the tally, over 2.5 goals looks the bet at 1.618/13.


Both Teams To Score

The possibility of Swansea scoring is one reason to be wary of Liverpool at short odds for the win, but it might open the door to a decent bet here.

The Swans have scored against Chelsea and Manchester City (on two occasions, in league and cup) in their last three home games and Liverpool have found the net against every opponent bar Burnley.

Both teams to score at 1.84/5 is attractive.


Ref Watch

Michael Oliver is one of the youngest Premier League referees and a pretty good one too, although his bookings make-ups tend towards the higher end. He has issued the joint-highest number of yellow cards (27) in his six matches this season but no reds.

Three of his six games have gone over 45pts, the other three have been no more than 30.


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Back Both Teams To Score at 1.84/5


Opta Stat

Liverpool have won only one of their five visits to Liberty Stadium in the Premier League (D2 L2) - 1-0 in March 2015. Liverpool are available at 1.4840/85 to lay.


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