Saturday’s game offers Liverpool a great opportunity to break into the top 4 ahead of the international break. With both Spurs and Chelsea stuttering in recent weeks, now is the time to start putting wins together, and move on up.
Liverpool are in good form at the moment – unbeaten in their last six games, with four wins – and it looks like Carroll and Suarez are finally striking up the partnership that King Kenny envisaged all the way back in January. With Bellamy on the bench, there is certainly greater competition between the strikers, and a bigger attacking threat going forwards.
Unfortunatley Steven gerrard’s return has had to be curtailed, this time an ankle infection is causing the trouble, though he should / might be back once th international games have been played out. When we do finally get him playing in the team we will start to look like genuine contenders, but for now w’ll have to make do with Henderson and Adam, who, to be fair, have done reasonable well so far.
The biggest disappointment so far has been the effectiveness of Stewart Downing – an expensive £19m buy from Villa who has yet to create too many assists. With Carroll in the first team proper this might all change, but in all truth the quality of the man in the middle has never been an issue, the ball just simply doesn’t make it into anything like the right areas when he crosses it in!
Swansea are an entertaining side, and are comfortable on the ball. In fact, they keep possession better than everyone but Chelsea and Arsenal in the league, which may well make for a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool fans. That said, they seem to do better at home than on the road, with lowly Norwich amongst the teams to win by two goals or more when the Swans are the visiting side. We’re quietly confident.
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Liverpool are expected to win against Swansea, with bookies offering a measly 1.36 on a home win (Paddy Power). It means we’re forceed to pick the score instead, and with Suarez in good form, we’re plumping for a 3-1 vitory, available at a cool 11.0 (Ladbrokes).
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