Swansea v Liverpool Odds : Brendan Rogers to come away from Wales with loss

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will make an emotional return to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday as his side will look to get one over his old employers.

As with any live televised game the match is generating plenty of interest in the betting markets and we have taken a look at all the relevant odds.

Rodgers has already faced one defeat at the hands of his old side, who ran riot at Anfield in the League Cup under new manager Brian Laudrup, winning the game 3-1. He will be drilling it into his side not to roll over in such a feeble fashion again in this Premier League encounter.

There isn’t much confidence behind a Liverpool win though as they have won just one of their last six Premier League away games.

The team is still trying to develop an understanding of Rodgers’ passing orientated style but need to start winning games soon otherwise unnecessary pressure could start to build on the manager’s shoulders. They did look very good last weekend though when they steamrolled Wigan at Anfield, but Swansea provide a different proposition all together.

Liverpool like to starve teams of possession but are unlikely to dominate the ball away from home at the Liberty Stadium against a Swansea side that also like to play a passing game. Perhaps for this reason, Rodgers’ side are very weak in the betting markets for this clash, especially around the 11/10 odds quoted by Paddy Power.

Much of the betting interest has centred around Swansea’s chances of getting one over on their former employee.

They have been well supported at 12/5 with Bet365 to take maximum points and continue their decent run in the Premier League that has seen them move up to twelfth place in the division. Laudrup’s side have only lost once at the Liberty Stadium this season but that did come against a Merseyside-based side in the form of Everton.

The Swans will also be looking to exploit a supposed defensive weakness in a Reds backline that have kept just one clean sheet on the road in their last 12 Premier League away games. For those that like to take a plunge on a bit of a lucrative price, backing Swansea to win to nil at 11/2 could be a very canny play, especially if they can keep Liverpool hot-shot Luis Suarez quiet.

Suarez was Liverpool’s top Premier League scorer last season with 11 goals, he already has 10 this season and has carried this side through the campaign in the attacking department.

He has arguably been one of the best players in the league this season and shows no signs of quelling his form just yet. Unsurprisingly he has been well supported to deliver the goods in the first goal department, with Ladbrokes reporting plenty of money being placed on his shoulders around the 4/1 mark.

One player to keep an eye on in Liverpool colours to score at any time could be left-back Jose Enrique, who has been roaming forward in recent weeks and should be given licence to do the same this weekend. At a 14/1 standout price with Bet365 he simply has to be backed to notch at any time.

If Suarez or Enrique are to score there’s a good chance that it may come later in the game as Liverpool are the only Premier League team not to score a goal in the final 15 minutes of games this season.

With that in mind banking on the time of Liverpool’s first goal to come after the 31st minute around the 10/11 mark with Paddy Power could be a play to reap a profit.

 

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