20:00 GMT 22 January 2018
Monday night football returns this week and it sees Liverpool cross the Welsh border to meet a Swansea side who are in big trouble, they face serious danger of losing their Premier League status as they are currently bottom, six points adrift of safety. Liverpool are hanging onto the final Champions League place at the moment in fourth but are looking up the table instead of down.
Swansea don’t have a bad record against Liverpool in the last few years and in the last four meetings between the sides, the Swans have won two while the Reds have also won two. Although, the last fixture between them, on Boxing Day, was a rout as Liverpool battered Swansea. The watching crowd at Anfield witnessed a 5-0 win after watching Swansea beat Liverpool 3-2 at the same location almost exactly a year ago. There have been 17 goals in the last four matches between these two sides, it’s a fixture that tends to produce goals.
An unlikely win for Swansea in this one wouldn’t see them move off the bottom of the table but it would see them close the gap on the 17th-placed Stoke to just three points. Angel Rangel and Tammy Abraham are both facing late fitness tests to see if they are fit enough to feature while Mike Van Der Hoorn and Renato Sanches have been ruled out.
Latest matches: Swansea City
|17.01.2018||FA C||Swansea City||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2:1||W|
|13.01.2018||Prem||Newcastle United||Swansea City||1:1||D|
|06.01.2018||FA C||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Swansea City||0:0||D|
|02.01.2018||Prem||Swansea City||Tottenham Hotspur||0:2||L|
|30.12.2017||Prem||Watford FC||Swansea City||1:2||W|
Three points and a repeat of Boxing Day’s scoreline would take Liverpool 3rd but a slight win would keep them 4th level on points with Chelsea. Mo Salah, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are to undertake last fitness tests, Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge won’t be rushed back. Nathaniel Clyne is expected to be sidelined for another few weeks.
Latest matches: Liverpool FC
|14.01.2018||Prem||Liverpool FC||Manchester City||4:3||W|
|05.01.2018||FA C||Liverpool FC||Everton FC||2:1||W|
|01.01.2018||Prem||Burnley FC||Liverpool FC||1:2||W|
|30.12.2017||Prem||Liverpool FC||Leicester City||2:1||W|
|26.12.2017||Prem||Liverpool FC||Swansea City||5:0||W|
There is absolutely no doubt that Liverpool are strong favourites for three points against a Swansea side who won’t be expecting anything other than a big loss in this one. The Reds’ defensive frailties will give Swansea confidence of getting something out of this game but their attack will be far too strong for the Welsh side to cope with.
22 January 2018 - 20:00 GMT
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