I DECIDED I’be backing against Liverpool in their next game as I watched the highlights of their win against Burnley on Boxing Day.
It was a 1-0 steal for the Anfield men who looked terrible apart from one moment of magic that resulted in Philippe Coutinho setting up Raheem Sterling for a good goal.
If Brendan Rodgers is going to splash any cash when the transfer window opens first on his list will be a goalkeeper. Brad Jones isn’t a top team’s No.1 and the man he replaced, Simon Mignolet, played like a nervous kitten when he came on for the injured Jones at Turf Moor.
The win for Liverpool was vital but Burnley and Bournemouth are the only teams they’ve beaten in their last six – in fact I can’t remember the last time they defeated a top side.
With Glen Johnson and Dejan Lovren still out Rodgers is likely to go with a three-man defence of Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure. Up front Sterling will again be on his own – or he could play alongside Mario Balotelli which means he’ll still be on his own.
Swansea are a decent outfit who can give anyone a game on their day and boss Garry Monk knows Rodgers well having played for him at Liberty Stadium, and after a near-miss in the League Cup he gets another chance to get one over on his old boss. Monk has done a fine job.
The Swans sit above Liverpool in the table and last season were unlucky to lose a thriller 4-3 at Anfield and in October went down 2-1 in the Capital One Cup.
Monk’s side have won their last two games 1-0 and have the best defensive record outside the Premier League’s top four. Gylfi Sigurdsson hit a free-kick winner against Aston Villa on Friday and he and top scorer Wilfried Bony will be fit to start.
Bony scored twice in that 4-3 loss and has netted first in three of his last four starts away from home. He is 13-2 with bet365 to score first and 9-4 at 888sport to net at any time.
Liverpool are a biggest 8-11 with the likes of William Hill and bet365 while Swansea are 9-2 at Betfred and BetVictor with the draw 3-1 with boylesports.
If Swansea represent too much of a gamble go for Swansea or draw double chance 13-10 with 888sport or Swansea draw no bet at 16-5 with 888sport.
(9-2, Betfred, BetVictor)
Swansea draw no bet
Bony to score