Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs. Swansea

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Updated: February 18, 2014
Liverpool

Match Date: 23 February 2014 (local)

Match Date: Anfield

 

Liverpool

A late penalty for Steven Gerrard secured a Liverpool victory at Fulham to make them one point nearer to Champion League candidates Manchester City. The fixture was threatened earlier in the week by a planned incursion on the London Underground, which could have put The Reds in serious danger.

 

Fulham produced stunning goals on both halves, but equalizers from Liverpool kept their winning possibility at bay. Gerrard’s late goal finally broke the deadlock which was highly decisive of the sides’ fate in the rankings—Liverpool in the top four, and Fulham in the relegation bottom. It was a fine win for Brendan Rodgers’s men but was below par compared to their 5-1 mauling of Arsenal.

 

Swansea

A series of “mishaps” in the early part of February have perhaps reduced Chico Flores’ appetite to net goals. The Andy Carroll clash and the Garry Monk issue both put a toll on the defender’s full potential in the pitch. But the Wednesday fixture with Stoke City seemed a different story as it marked the first time this month that Flores earned a point for Swansea and saved his team from incurring a 13th defeat. The 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium helped The Jacks secure a place in the top 10.

 

By overall actions, Swansea make good displays in defending the lead. However, they lack initiatives in other departments of playing in the pitch. They barely prevent their opposition from making chances, commit plenty of errors, and slack off in aerial duels.

 

Sports betting tip: Flaunting stronger skills and a much more reliable form than their opponents, Liverpool could single-handedly claim all the spoils from Swansea. Earning goals, however, is plausible for both sides.

 

Liverpool | Image source: bleacherreport.net