Saturday, 14 September 2013

Swansea City v Liverpool: match preview -

Team News
In-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is likely be fit to face Swansea on Monday despite missing two England matches with a thigh problem.

New signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are set for their first involvement in the squad after signing late in the transfer window.

Right-back Glen Johnson is sidelined for four to five weeks with an ankle injury so Andre Wisdom is set to deputise.

Meanwhile, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for Monday's Premier League meeting with Liverpool.

Full-back Neil Taylor is the only definite absentee as the Wales international remains on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Deadline-day signing Alvaro Vazquez could be handed the chance to make his Swansea debut in attack, while midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has overcome the thigh problem that kept him out of England Under-21 action.

Match Notes
The relief of winning at West Brom - for the first time this season - will certainly give Michael Laudrup's side a lift going into Monday's televised game against leaders Liverpool.

Their progress in Europe was punctuated by two early losses in the league, but with Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday coming up, a morale booster against Brendan Rodgers' side would not go amiss.

Liverpool have started like the proverbial house on fire and Rodgers will be hoping that leading scorer Daniel Sturridge is fit to lead the line at the Liberty Stadium.

Betting: Home 12-5, Away 11-10, Draw 5-2.

Stat of the game: Liverpool are one victory short of 400 in the Premier League.

Graham Clutton's prediction: Swansea City 2 Liverpool 2.

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