From here onwards Swansea have games Mon-Thur-Sun-Wed-Sat-Thu-Sun giving 7 games over the next 3 weeks. It'll be an almost inevitable part of this that the Capital One cup game with Birmingham will see a weakened team played which is a shame as that's how we've got to the situation of being able to play the likes of Valencia and also we're already down to the last 32 of the competition without having kicked a ball so it's a competition that shouldn't be dismissed too lightly.
Liverpool arrive at the Liberty on the back of 3 successive 1-0 wins, how much of that is luck and how much good defensive solidity will be revealed as the season goes on. Ahead of the match I've had a look at shot metrics by minute for both teams in each of their 3 games so far.
Liverpool's game against Villa is a great example of game state (i.e., current score) has on attack level, Villa started the game dropping off Liverpool and looking to counter attack so Liverpool had the early shots. Villa's tactic backfires when Liverpool score and the second half is one way traffic but Liverpool to some extent will have been happy to soak up pressure while they were 1-0 up.
|Liverpool Score in 21st Minute and only register 1 shot after this point with Villa having 11 shots in the second half|
The full details of all 3 games for both sides is available in a presentation here. Obviously not all shots are equal and the next stage will be to look and chance quality to get a better feeling for the 'deserved' outcome of a match.
Also in the presentation is a link to an interactive chart of all goals (scored and conceded) by Swansea so far this season, hovering over any of the goals brings up the goal detail and image of the goal.
|Image from Interactive chart - click here to view (Flash required)|
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Match Stats and Chalkboards: Created using Statszone and Whoscored