Swansea City v Liverpool

29 Apr

James Milner celebrates scoring against Swansea


A James Milner penalty gave Liverpool victory against Swansea at Anfield in November

TEAM NEWS

Swansea forward Alberto Paloschi and midfielder Leroy Fer will miss Sunday’s game against Liverpool because of hamstring injuries.

Jefferson Montero, Ki Sung-yueng and Bafetimbi Gomis are vying for recalls.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to rest a few of his big names ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal.

Philippe Coutinho went off at half-time in the first leg after feeling unwell and he is unlikely to start.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Alistair Mann: “Sandwiched between the two legs of their finely balanced Europa League semi-final, Liverpool will be forgiven for approaching this game with a great deal less intensity than you would normally associate with a Jurgen Klopp side.

“With relegation pressures having evaporated, it perhaps offers Swansea the opportunity to record a rare victory against a team they’ve beaten only once since returning to the top division in 2011.

“Having effectively completed his short-term mission, Francesco Guidolin’s future has now become the main focus of the Welsh footballing scribes.

“If, as they predict, the Italian will be moving on in the summer, he will certainly be very keen to have as high a Premier League finish as possible on his CV, as well as a victory over Liverpool.”

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WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin: “We need points. After that we can speak about other situations and other problems, but all I want is to make sure we are safe mathematically.

“I have spoken to the players and they convince me they are ready to play to the final game.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoans the noon kick-off time, having played on Thursday night: “We could have started at two or four, so four hours more and that sounds absolutely okay. It is Sunday, all English people will have lunch and we play football.

“I am pretty sure no one slept immediately when we got home (in the early hours of Friday). It wouldn’t make sense to start with the same line-up. We need fresh legs and fresh minds at Swansea.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

The Europa League is the priority for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, so with this game coming between both legs of their semi-final I am expecting him to field some of his fringe players.

But even if Liverpool are not at full strength, Swansea will have to be much-improved on their showing against Leicester last weekend.

Prediction: 1-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in eight league and cup games against Swansea (W6, D2), winning the last five.
  • The Swans have never won a league match at Anfield (D3, L12).

Swansea City

  • Swansea could win four successive home games in the top flight for the first time since March 1982.
  • The Swans have won 1-0 in their last three matches at the Liberty Stadium, and have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Premier League home matches.
  • Their last five Premier League home wins have all been by a 1-0 scoreline.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool have scored 17 goals in their last six Premier League away games.
  • They have dropped 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season – the highest figure in the top flight prior to the latest round of matches.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last seven league appearances, including each of the last four.

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