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    Swansea City vs Liverpool Match Preview

    Saturday's Premier League action gets underway at lunchtime when Swansea City and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Liberty Stadium in what could be Francesco Guidolin's last game in charge of the Welsh side.

    The Swans have reportedly been compiling a shortlist of potential successors to the 60-year-old, whose team have endured a difficult start to the season by collecting just four points from a possible 18 on offer.

    Their opponents have enjoyed a spectacular beginning to the campaign, scoring 24 goals in all competitions from eight matches, which has seen them become installed by most bookmakers as second favourites to win the Premier League behind Manchester City.

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    The Welsh club are winless in the league since the opening weekend of the season and after collecting only one point from their past five matches, the pressure has cranked up on manager Francesco Guidolin.

    Although chairman Huw Jenkins and the club's American owners are still undecided on the Italian's future, Guidolin has admitted that the visit of Liverpool could be his final game in charge.

    It follows a week in which Jenkins met Le Havre's former United States national team coach Bob Bradley at Bristol Airport, while it has also emerged that Ryan Giggs would be interested in the position if it became vacant.

    The season had begun brightly for Guidolin and Swansea, who beat Burnley 1-0 on the opening weekend of the campaign and on a day he handed a debut to Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente, who arrived on a £5 million deal from Sevilla.

    Swansea also broke their club transfer record in the summer with the acquisition of Atletico Madrid's £15.5 million striker Borja Gonzalez but the club's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carling Cup was the only time that the 24-year-old has started a match.

    Only Bournemouth and Stoke have scored fewer than the five league goals that The Swans have scored this season, with Leroy Fer netting three times since completing his summer transfer from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

    Swansea begin the weekend in 17th position but defeat on Saturday could see the club drop into the bottom-three, with rock-bottom Sunderland and 18th-place West Ham playing home matches against West Brom and Middlesbrough respectively.


    In stark contrast to Swansea's poor start to the season, Liverpool have been in scintillating form of late and have scored more goals in their opening eight matches in all competitions than they scored in their first 19 games last campaign.

    As Jurgen Klopp marks a year in charge of The Reds in a week's time, his side have scored 71 league goals in his first year and his arrival has created a new sense of belief around Anfield that Liverpool's long wait for a league title could finally be over in 2017.

    The 18-time League Champions have matched up well against the traditional Premier League heavyweights this season but last weekend's 5-1 mauling of Hull City answered the doubters who question their ability to beat the more unfancied sides.

    They will need to show similar ruthlessness against Swansea on Saturday, who won their previous meeting between the clubs exactly five months ago at The Liberty Stadium, when two goals from Andre Ayew, who joined West Ham in the summer, helped them to a 3-1 win.

    One point of interest ahead of kick-off will be whether Klopp sticks with the same attacking line-up that put Hull City to the sword last weekend or whether there will be a recall for Daniel Sturridge, who came on for the last 20 minutes.

    Two of Sturridge's three starts in all competitions this season have come when Sadio Mane missed the trip to Burnley with a muscle injury and Roberto Firmino was forced out of the match at Chelsea with a minor groin strain.

    A draw for Liverpool would take them into second place in the Premier League table ahead of the 3pm kick-offs, while victory would narrow the gap with runaway leaders Manchester City, who play Tottenham on Sunday, to two points.

    Swansea City Team News

    The Swans are likely to be without Argentine centre-back Federico Fernandez, who was absent from last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City with a groin strain.

    Winger Nathan Dyer will definitely miss the encounter after having surgery to remove an extra bone that had grown on his ankle, and he will not return to action until at least mid-November.

    Francesco Guidolin could name an unchanged side from the one which lost to Manchester City a week ago, with record signing Borja Gonzalez remaining on the bench.

    Defender Stephen Kingsley and winger Modou Barrow will be hoping to earn a recall to the starting line-up, while Jefferon Montero will be aiming to earn his first start in the Premier League this season.

    Liverpool Team News

    Jurgen Klopp will need to decide ahead of kick-off whether to stick with German goalkeeper Loris Karius, who has started both of his side's last two matches, or whether to recall Simon Mignolet.

    Daniel Sturridge could again be set for a place on the bench, while the fitness of Belgian striker Divock Origi will be monitored prior to the match as he has a minor foot injury.

    Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who missed last weekend's 5-1 victory over Hull after suffering from a virus, is likely to return in place of Ragnar Klavan.

    Sheyi Ojo (back) and Joe Gomez (achilles) are the only other players in the Liverpool squad who are currently on the sidelines through injury.


    Liverpool have an excellent record against Saturday's opponents of late, winning six and drawing two of the last nine encounters in all competitions, although their only defeat in that sequence came in the last meeting between the sides in May.

    Two goals from Andre Ayew and a solitary strike from Jack Cork earned Swansea a 3-1 win against an experimental Liverpool side and the result confirmed their status as a Premier League club for a sixth consecutive season.

    The fixture was not played between 1990 and 2011, owing to Swansea's absence from the top flight, but they picked up five points against The Reds in their first three games upon their return while also beating them on the way to winning the 2013 Capital One Cup.

    In a match-up that was first played out in 1936, Liverpool lead the overall head-to-head with 21 wins to Swansea's 10 in all competitions, with eight of the 39 encounters ending in draws.

    Score Prediction

    Swansea City 1-4 Liverpool
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