Season So Far
League leaders Liverpool have been solid if not spectacular in their three games this season, which have all ended in single goal victories.
The win over bitter rivals Manchester United will give the Kop faithful real belief that their boys can successfully mount a top-four challenge, with the odds of such an eventuality cut from 17/10 at the start of the summer to 7/5 now.
Liverpool have lead at half-time and won all of their league matches in 2013/14, although an ability to finish teams off almost cost them in the Capital One Cup
They were 2-0 up within half an hour against Notts County and lead by that score at the break, but the League One side hit back in the second half and managed to take the tie into extra-time.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have been ahead after 45 minutes in every game so far and a repeat of that half-time result next time out at Swansea can be backed at 33/20.
As well as being the only team with a 100% record, Liverpool have been the Mr Consistencies of the Premier League in the first three rounds, with a trio of 1-0 wins.
They flattened Swansea 5-0 at Anfield in the league last season, but Michael Laudrup rested key players in that match ahead of their successful Capital One Cup win seven days later.
Rodgers’ former club beat the Reds 3-1 in the last 16 of that competition and held them to a stalemate in the league game at the Liberty Stadium, so another narrow 1-0 in the Merseysiders’ favour seems the way to go here at 7/1.
With last season’s top marksman Luis Suarez not available for selection until the Capital One Cup tie with United it’s hard to look beyond Daniel Sturridge for first goalscorer, if he gets back to fitness after pulling out of the England squad.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea hitman has scored all three of Liverpool’s goals this season and his nodding-on of Daniel Agger’s headed effort against United showcased the instincts of a natural goalscorer.
Other Notable Trends
The 5-0 drubbing dished out to the Swans last season aside, Premier League games between these sides have produced one goal or less in each of the three other meetings. Since February’s Capital Cup Final win over Bradford, Michael Laudrup’s team have lost eight of their last 13 league games.