Swansea vs Liverpool – Consolation victory to close the season?

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Although it was scant consolation for the FA Cup final loss, beating Chelsea on Tuesday sets Liverpool up for a positive end to what has been a topsy-turvy season. Another impressive win this weekend will send the fans in to the summer in a more optimistic frame of mind.

Swansea have had an impressive first season in the Premier League but, as often happens with promoted sides, they’ve started to run out of gas. Brendan Rodgers’ side have won just once in their last eight league games and that was against relegated Blackburn. They had recovered from four straight defeats to draw two and win one before falling to Manchester United last week.

Comparatively the Liverpool players looked full of energy in their win over Chelsea. Andy Carroll has finished the season particularly well with three goals in his last six games and his performances have improved to such a degree that he’s being mooted for a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 England squad.

Despite not scoring, Carroll tormented Chelsea on Tuesday and should be expected to start in this game. The number 9 is 11/2 to score first and 6/4 to score anytime.

Luis Suarez is the favourite in the scoring markets at 5/1 to score first and 13/10 to score anytime. Daniel Agger is always worth a bet to score and you can back him with Paddy Power to score anytime at 7/1.

The first game at Anfield in November ended scoreless, one of the few home games Liverpool failed to win but didn’t dominate. However Swansea’s players are clearly struggling in their first season in the top flight. A high-paced and positive approach from Liverpool should be enough to see them rack up a comfortable win at 11/10.

Liverpool are 8/11 to score first and 9/5 to score anytime. Liverpool -1 goal are a profitable 11/4 with Paddy Power and if you’re feeling especially optimistic you can back the Reds -2 goals at 15/2.

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  • suez

    It’s not as if we have absolutely nothing to play. I will be hoping we finish off with a position ATLEAST above everton in the table. :-|

  • jaymcgrath

    No its normality restored, its a complete and utter disgrace (as per usual).

  • Liverpool Fan

    Consolation victory to Swansea, NOT Liverpool….

  • Saeraceninc

    joint 9th on points with Fulham ( notwithstanding goal differences) What a terrific season, well its 8.0 pm channel five. Well done to Man City and Newcastle, especially the latter, 5th with hardly any money spent, and oh yes the Torres money not wasted.

  • papred06

    Well, we lost 1-0!! 13/05/2012, 17.17pm

  • david

    big celebration for anti Man U fans..whatever never let Man u win the tittle..somehow i wish Rafa back to handle the team..he is the perfect choice to succeed KD

    • james

      sadly, we are reduced to celebrating when man u don’t win. Rafa, hell yes. Kenny is a great old bloke and he bleeds red. expect him to celebrate the progress and silverware and deflect any real discussion of the terrible shape of this team.
      Last season 22 points and 26 goals off the pace. This year 37 points and 57 goals away. Much closer to the bottom than the top; much closer.

  • james

    “nothing to play for” is a pathetic excuse. This is not good enough and responsibility starts at the top. The distance between LFC and the top two is vast and will increase in the summer transfer market. Another year of this will cement a place in the middle.

    • saraceninc

      or in the lower division !

  • Saraceninc

    The losers carried doing what they have done so well this year, losing!