On 19-Jan-2017 In Sports
Liverpool host Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday, and we’re here to bring you a comprehensive look at the best odds on offer ahead of the game.This article was first published on This Is AnfieldAlso, check out: 'Dirty' Liverpool, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Warned Before The United Clash
The Reds have shown signs of improvement in the last week, following an iffy run of form at the beginning of 2017.The 1-1 draw at Man United was a good performance, while a much-weakened team got the better of Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday.Premier League action returns on Saturday lunchtime, as bottom-of-the-table Swansea City visit Anfield, in what is the first home league game there in 2017.As always, we are on-hand to talk you through the best odds available, thanks to Betfair Free Bet, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men look to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea.
If this game had been in September or October, there would have been every chance of Liverpool producing a cricket score against the Swans.Although the Reds aren’t quite as unplayable as they were at that point, they are still very strong favourites to prevail this weekend.Klopp’s men are 2/9 to get the better of Paul Clement’s beleaguered outfit, and narrow the gap on Chelsea to just four points.Swansea can be a threat when they want to be, like any team in the Premier League, and they are 12/1 to leave Anfield with their best result of the season so far.The draw is 5/1 – a result that Clement would be very happy with, but Klopp would fume about.
Liverpool are finally starting to get back to full strength, with Sadio Mane now the only key attacking player missing.Roberto Firmino is likely to start in his preferred central role, due to Philippe Coutinho‘s return, which gives the entire team a more potent look to it.Firmino is 7/2 to open the scoring in front of an expectant Anfield, and also 7/2 to score last, while the Brazilian registering anytime is 5/6. He is due a goal, having not scored since the 4-1 win at home to Stoke City on December 27th.Coutinho, meanwhile, is expected to make his first league start since November, and is 11/10 to score at some point on his return.Georginio Wijnaldum had two great chances to score at Old Trafford, but he continues to look a little nervous in front of goal. There is a feeling that the goals will suddenly start to flow, however, and he is 9/1 to net first or last on Saturday.Gylfi Sigurdsson has caused Liverpool some problems in the past, and he often looks one of Swansea’s most reliable sources of end product. The Iceland international is 3/1 to score anytime – not bad value, considering his set-piece brilliance.
Swansea’s defence has been a shambles of late, with 29 goals conceded in their last 10 matches, in all competitions.It does, therefore, mean that Liverpool’s fluent attack could have a field day, as they did at home to the likes of Leicester City, Hull City and Watford earlier in the campaign.Backing over 2.5 (4/11) goals looks like a definite winning bet, although it doesn’t offer great value, unless you take a risk and go big.Over 3.5 (evens) looks far more enticing, but why stop there? Over 4.5 (9/4) is very tempting, and even going as high as over 5.5 (5/1) is not as ludicrous as it may seem. Mind you, that would still be bold.Another interesting bet is backing Liverpool to win with a ‘-2 Goal’ handicap (7/5), which could well come in. If you’re feeling a little less gutsy, ‘-1 goal’ (8/15) is safer, and is not bad value.This represents a must-win game for Liverpool, and is one that they will come through with relative ease.Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 Swansea City