Liverpool vs Swansea: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Betting Odds and Predictions
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Liverpool vs Swansea: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Betting Odds and Predictions

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are fresh from a victory over Plymouth Argyle in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and will now turn their attention to the Premier League this week when they face Paul Clement’s Swansea side at Anfield. Swansea were thrown apart in the last game by the Gunners and this weekend’s clash will not be any easier for the visitors to the Merseyside. The Reds are currently 7 points off Chelsea at the top of the table and cannot afford to lose any more ground, but they are yet to win a PL game this year and Klopp will hope that his side can set this record straight this weekend. Here is the preview of this game along with the team news, predicted line-ups, betting odds and prediction:

The League game between Liverpool and Swansea will be played on Saturday, the 21st of January at the Anfield in Liverpool. The kickoff is scheduled at 12:30 pm BST (6:00 pm IST)

Team News:

Jurgen Klopp will be happy to see star player Philippe Coutinho back to full fitness and he is expected to start this game for the Reds. Sadio Mane who is busy at the AFCON and Danny Ings who is out injured the only absentees for this fixture as Nathaniel Clyne, who missed the previous game is also expected to be fit. However, the Reds will learn the fate of defender Joel Matip who is fit, but not yet eligible to play.

Expected lineup (4-3-3):

Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho

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Modou Barrow, Luciano Narsingh, Jefferson Montero, are the long-term absentees for Swansea this season. They will also miss Neil Taylor, who fractured a bone in training recently. Clement is expected to stick with the side that lost to Arsenal a week ago.

Expected lineup (4-2-3-1):

Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Kingsley; Ki, Cork; Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente

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Key Battles:

 

Fernando Llorente vs Dejan Lovren:

In the absence of Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren is the senior pro in the back line for Liverpool in this game and he will up against Spanish striker Fernando Llorente this weekend. The Swansea man sure knows his way to goal and Lovren has to keep him quite if Liverpool are to take all three points from this game.

Philippe Coutinho vs Federico Fernandez:

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In an all South American battle this weekend, Liverpool’s Brazil playmaker will take on Argentine defender Fernandez in this game in a battle that can decide the outcome of the game. Coutinho is just back from injury and making his first start in over a month and he will be up against Fernandez, who has had his moments at the back for the Swans.

Key Stats:

Swansea have conceded three or more goals in 11 of their 21 Premier League fixtures this season. This is more than they have done so in any other previous Premier League campaign.

Liverpool have won five of their last six Premier League games against Swansea, losing only once (1-3 at Liberty Stadium in 2015-16).

The Reds are one of two Premier League sides yet to lose on home turf (W7 D2), along with Spurs.

Swansea haven’t won back-to-back away games within the same Premier League season since May 2015.

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James Milner has found the back of the net in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Swansea (two for Liverpool, one for Man City).

Liverpool have won five of their last six Premier League games against Swansea, losing only once (1-3 at Liberty Stadium in 2015-16).

The Swans have yet to win at Anfield in the Premier League, drawing on their first visit but losing four consecutive games since, shipping 14 goals in the process.

James Milner has found the back of the net in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Swansea (two for Liverpool, one for Man City).

Milner has never lost a Premier League game in which he’s scored (46 games – W37 D9); he has equaled the record held by Darius Vassell (W36 D10).

Jordan Henderson has been directly involved in five goals in his last five PL games against Swansea, scoring three and assisting twice.

The Reds are one of two Premier League sides yet to lose on home turf (W7 D2), along with Spurs.

Since the start of last season, Swansea have scored nine own goals in the Premier League, at least five more than any other team.

Adam Lallana has run 13km in four separate games this season. Indeed, four of the five top distances posted in games this season have come from the Liverpool midfielder.

Swansea haven’t won back-to-back away games within the same Premier League season since May 2015.

The Reds have trailed for just 180 minutes this season, the league’s lowest figure, while the Swans have been behind for 731 minutes, second only to Sunderland (744).

Swansea have conceded three or more goals in 11 of their 21 Premier League fixtures this season. This is more than they have done so in any other previous Premier League campaign.

Betting Odds:

Liverpool: 2/1

Draw: 11/2

Swansea: 12/1

Prediction:

The two teams are at the at the opposite ends of the table. The visitors are at the bottom of the points table, in desperate search of some results but a trip to Anfield will not be easy for Clement’s side who will have to play out of their skins even for a point against Klopp’s side. Playing at home, Liverpool are hot favorites, but their troubles against the lower sides might give Swansea a ray of hope in this game.

Our Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Swansea

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