Liverpool will look to pile further misery on Swansea when the pair meet at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.
Carlos Carvalhal took the Swans’ job soon after his side’s 5-0 Boxing Day thrashing at Anfield and despite some positive results, his team remain bottom of the table.
The Reds sit fourth at the time of writing and last weekend’s 4-3 win over Manchester City showed they can blow anyone away.
Swansea’s decision to sell their best players late in the summer window remains one of the great mysteries of the season and they have seemingly been fighting a losing battle ever since.
However, Carvalhal will have taken heart from seeing his fringe players shine in the midweek FA Cup win over Wolves. The Portuguese is again likely to rotate but there are doubts over Tammy Abraham, Renato Sanches and Mike van der Hoorn.
Moving on to the Reds and Jurgen Klopp’s recent revelation that he has settled on Loris Karius as his number one makes it inevitable that the Swans will target the German goalkeeper.
Virgil van Dijk’s return in front of him will help his cause, but Liverpool’s front six are likely to run riot in south Wales.
Ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run will have done wonders for an already confident side and having avoided defeat in their last 18 in all competitions, they are understandably the 4/13 favourites to take the points.
Mohamed Salah’s exploits have rightly stolen the plaudits but Roberto Firmino’s movement has made him just as essential, most notably when netting twice on Boxing Day.
The Brazilian is 31/20 to score first or last, while it would be foolish not to mention Salah in this context, with the Egyptian, who has scored 24 goals since arriving in the summer, 1/1 in the same market.
Despite Swansea’s frugality in defence, Liverpool have netted at least twice in their last six away games in the league and over 3.5 goals on Monday is 31/20.
In truth, despite Swansea’s best efforts, it seems anything other than an away win to zero at 21/20 would be a surprise.
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