Apologies for yesterday’s absence. To business.
This week I decide not to deal fourth and fifth round FA cup, and instead turn to probably the English fixture of the weekend: Sunday’s: Liverpool vs Swansea.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Swansea
The significance of this game cannot be overstated.
The problem with Liverpool under brendan Rodgers this season has often been consistency. Whenever they appear to be doing OK, a “smaller” team comes along and brushes them aside.
I’ll take this theory back to December.
The Reds were on a run of three wins in a row, and their last bad result was in early November. Then come Aston Villa, away, and a certain Christian Benteke disintegrates their defence. In the same pattern, Liverpool bounced back with a 4-0 win against Fulham only to be turned over by Stoke.
They then had a really good run, first convincingly beating both Qpr and Sunderland 3-0. That dodgy Suarez goal took them past Mansfield.
They did lose to Man Utd, but I would say only three teams in the world would be really ashamed with that.
They recovered from that mini setback excellently, thrashing Norwch 5-0, but then came the inevitable setback.
A loss to Oldham.
It’s funny; that loss set up the very fixture I am now predicting.
A pretty weak bounce-back followed: two solid draws against Arsenal and Man City.
But Liverpool’s last two games have been dismal: 2-0 losses to West Brom and Zenit.
Which bring us to this game, one set up by the game that Liverpool have not yet truly recovered from, after two fan-angering losses, and to top all of this, it is against the manager’s old club, who are on a mini-comeback themselves.
You can’t write this stuff.
I am predicting a continuation of the Liverpool pattern, with a useful win against close league rivals.
You probably already know which three scorers I am picking.
A 30th minute goal for Sturridge set up by Suarez, a first half stoppage time tap-in for Michu, and the opposite of the first goal to win it for Liverpool in the 80th (Sturridge setting up Suarez).
All times ‘-ish’.
It should be a wonderfully “duel of the passers” match. Iam looking forward to it very much, and with an excellent run going (by the way, I didn’t get around to writing this, but my prediction last week was spot on), am feeling good.
Good luck me!