By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes.
Liverpool play their penultimate Premier League away game on Sunday – 12pm kick off UK time – when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea. Francesco Guidolin’s side are all but guaranteed their Premier League status for a sixth consecutive season, barring an incredible collapse from the Swans combined with Sunderland and Norwich winning their four remaining games.
Liverpool have clashed with Guidolin on just two previous occasions both during the 2012/13 Europa League campaign in the group stages when he was in charge of Udinese. The Reds suffered a 2-3 defeat at Anfield but recorded a 1-0 win in Italy to seal their progress to the last 32 which is as far as they got in the competition that season.
Swansea enter this fixture on the back of two heavy league defeats – 0-3 at Newcastle and 0-4 at Leicester – but have won their last three Premier League matches at the Liberty Stadium against Norwich (1-0), Aston Villa (1-0) and Chelsea (1-0). Six of Swansea’s seven home wins this season have been by a solitary goal with five of those ending 1-0. Their tally of 16 goals scored at home is the third lowest in the league with only Aston Villa (14) and Watford (15) scoring fewer goals on home soil.
Only Arsenal (32), Leicester (31) and Spurs (31) have scored more goals away from home than Liverpool’s total of 28 this season, while the Reds’ record of eight wins on their travels is only bettered by Leicester (11) and Spurs (9).
Liverpool recorded a 1-0 win over Swansea at Anfield back in November thanks to a second half penalty from James Milner. That was the Reds’ fourth consecutive win over Swansea home and away with our unbeaten record against the Swans stretching to seven games dating back to 2011/12. The corresponding fixture last season ended with a 1-0 win for Liverpool.
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