Swansea vs Liverpool – Consolation victory to close the season?

13 May 2012

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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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