When he left SwanseaCity for Liverpool in the summer, I’m not sure playing a league game re-arranged for FA Cup weekend because his former side are in the League Cup final was quite what Brendan Rodgers had in mind.
However, that’s the situation the former Northern Irishman finds himself in – and after the week Liverpool have endured, losing at home to West Brom in the league and at Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League, the Swans’ visit represents something of a must-win for Rodgers’ current charges.
But if Swansea’s recent record against the Reds is anything to go by this may be easier said than done.
Michael Laudrup won on his first trip to Anfield back in October, knocking out Liverpool en route to that League Cup Final against Bradford on the 24th.
The 3-1 triumph extended the Swans unbeaten run against the Reds, which has stood ever since they reached the Premier League as they have collected two wins and two draws.
With Rodgers’ team not exactly showing the kind of form to end that sequence, picking up just two wins in their last eight games, it’s somewhat surprising to still see them as odds-on 57/100 favourites.
By contrast, the side two places above them in the table look generously priced at 17/4 with the draw equally appealing at 31/10.
So while a positive Swans result looks inviting, here are five stats punters might not have seen which could help them find even more added value:
1: Daniel Sturridge should return from a hamstring injury after a two game absence in which Liverpool have failed to win, having been beaten just once since the Team GB striker’s arrival. Sturridge to score last is 9/2.
9: Michu has scored in nine of Swansea’s 14 victories in all competitions this season, including last weekend’s victory over QPR. Michu to score first & Swansea to win 1-0 is 80/1
10: Swansea have played in more away games that have featured under 2.5 total goals than any other Premier League side. Three of their last four games away from the Liberty have ended 0-0 and it’s 9/1 for another.
20: The number of years since Liverpool beat Swansea in a league game. Swansea to win (draw no bet) is 11/5.
23: The Swans have saved their best work in front of goal for after the half-time whistle, scoring 23 more times in the second half than the first in all competitions. Swansea to score more second-half goals is 21/10.