Swansea v Liverpool – The Liberty Stadium at 12:00 live on BT Sport 1
After their defeat in the first leg to Villarreal in the Europa League, Liverpool will want to bounce back as they travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City.
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Swansea City head into this fixture having won two of their previous five matches, but have nothing to play for considering they are safe for another season.
Francesco Guidolin’s last match finished in a 4-0 defeat away to Leicester City; Player of the year Riyad Mahrez opening the scoring.
At home and the Welsh club have only lost three of their last ten games at the Liberty Stadium, and in their last five they have scored four and conceded two; with their last three home matches ending in 1-0 wins.
Guidolin’s last home game being one of those 1-0 victories against Chelsea; Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring that day.
Alberto Paloschi and Leroy Fer are both ruled for this weekend fixture, but there are no suspensions within the club.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have only lost one of their previous five games in all competitions, and in the league sit seventh in the league; 11 points off the top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s is currently unhappy due to the fixture schedule, as well as suffering a mid-week 1-0 defeat to Villarreal.
Away from home and its mix and match for Klopp, having won five and lost five of their last ten matches in the Premier League. In their last five the Reds have scored 12 and conceded seven.
Eight players sit out injured for Liverpool, but Phillipe Coutinho is 50/50 after recovering from an illness.
The last time these two sides met, Liverpool won 1-0; James Milner scoring a penalty. In fact, Liverpool have all five of their last five meetings against Swansea, and the last time the Swans beat Klopp’s side was in 2012.
Liverpool will be feeling it after their game against Villarreal on Thursday night, but I cannot see them losing this one, mainly because of the quality in their squad.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Liverpool -0.25 @ 2.04 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
Southampton v Man City – St. Mary’s Stadium at 16:30 live on Sky Sports 1
With the Champions League on their mind, and a return leg against Real Madrid next week. Manchester City continue their push for the top four with an away tie against Southampton on Sunday.
Southampton head into this fixture having only lost one of their previous five in all competitions, and sit eighth in the Premier League ten points off the top four.
Ronald Koeman’s last match ending in a 4-2 victory away to Aston Villa; Shane Long scoring the first and setting up two.
At home and the Saints have only lost two of their previous ten, and in their last five at St. Mary’s they’ve scored nine and conceded six.
Their last home match ending in a 3-1 victory against Newcastle United; Shane Long once against scoring one and setting up the second.
One player sits out injured for Koeman and co., while Charlie Austin may make his return on Sunday after recovering from his knee injury.
Opponents Manchester City go into this match unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions, and sit third in the table level with fourth place Arsenal.
Manuel Pellegrini’s last game ending in a 0-0 draw at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League; a match the home side believed they could have won.
Away from home in the Premier League and City have only lost two of their previous ten, and remain unbeaten in their last four. In Pellegrini’s last five games on the road, his side have scored eight and conceded four.
Their last away match finished 1-1 against Newcastle at St. James’ Park; Sergio Ageuro scoring his 100th Premier League goal.
David Silva and Yaya Toure are both ruled out for this game, while Samir Nasri may make his return.
Manchester City won their last encounter against Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad; Kevin De Bruyne scoring the first and setting up two.
In fact, Southampton have only beaten them once in their last ten meetings, and the last time they won at St. Mary’s was in 2013.
Both teams are in a good run of form, and with the Champions League mid-week, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pellegrini fielded a weakened side on Sunday.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.92 with Pinnacle Sports
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