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Jonathan Cordingley 16th Sep 2013 - 11:31

Will Rodgers make a jolly return to the Liberty?

Swansea v Liverpool, 20:00 - live on Sky Sports 1

The weekend is over and you're looking forward to the midweek Champions League games, but before we get to those there's the small matter of a game from Europe's most popular league, the Premier League!

At 20:00 GMT, Michael Laudrup's Swansea host Brendan Rodgers Liverpool in what, considering that the former used to coach 'The Swans', should be an engrossing affair of possession football.

Indeed, Rodgers and his Liverpool (13/10) side have already returned to Swansea since he became 'Pool' coach, drawing 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium and, most surprisingly, winning 5-0 at Anfield in 2012/13.

But what about Liverpool's recent Premier League results, in 2013/14: Well, they won at home to Stoke on the opening day, emerged victorious away to Aston Villa and dealt defeat to Manchester United in Liverpool - winning all three 1-0 with Daniel Sturridge (6/1 to score first, EVS anytime) scoring in each game!

Mr Sturridge, along with Toure and Allen, may not, however, feature in tonight's game due to injury, potentially joining Coates, Cissokho and Johnson on the treatment table.

With the above in mind, the Liverpool side of our headline offer is for Gerrard to score and Liverpool to win - priced at 6/1.

Swansea (13/5) have fewer injury worries compared to their opponents this evening, with Taylor definitely absent and Shelvey and Dyer listed as doubtful. Michu (8/1 to score first, 2/1 anytime), on the other hand, is expected to play, with our headline offer being the Spaniard to score and Swansea to win at 7/1.

In terms of their Premier League results since the season restarted, Swansea lost 4-1 at home to Manchester United on matchday one, tasted defeat again in a 1-0 loss at Spurs and, most recently, earned their first points of the season by beating West Brom 2-0 in Birmingham.

In conclusion, given that the only player to have scored a league goal for Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge - may miss out through injury, that all three of Liverpool's games have contained less than three goals and that 2/3 of Swansea's have been the same, under 2.5 goals looks like the best bet.

Finally, partly tying in with my best bet recommendation, our latest Opta Offer, based on the Merseyside club having won their first three games 1-0, is Liverpool to win and under 2.5 match goals - available at 7/2.

Recommendation: Under 2.5 goals (4/5)


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