Last week’s result shows that you don’t always get what you deserve in football matches and the players and the manager will be hoping for a better result this week when the team travels to the North East to take on Sunderland. This could be a good time to play Sunderland with both Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon both suspended following red cards last week and there are also signs that the Martin O’Neill magic is beginning to wear off.
Sunderland were one of the form teams when Martin O’Neill took over and he transformed the team from relegation candidates to a team that currently sits just outside the top half and twelve points above the drop zone. Sunderland only managed to pick up one point in their last three matches though and the honeymoon period could be over so this looks a good time for Liverpool to go to the Stadium of Light, at the time of writing Liverpool can be backed at 11/10 to take all three points in this match. Sunderland are available at 3/1 to get their form back on track with a win whilst the draw won’t be short of backers at the current odds of 12/5 with most bookies.
Those looking at previous results between the two teams may not be so keen on the draw though, the last draw between the teams in Sunderland was back in 2001 when the teams played out a 1-1 draw. That is the only time the points have been shared in the last ten renewals of this fixture, Liverpool have won seven of the games whilst Sunderland have just two wins from the fixture. Liverpool’s last six wins here have all been 1-0 or 2-0 so backing Liverpool to win this match to nil looks a good shout at 9/4 whilst clearly the two correct scores to concentrate on are 1-0 at 13/2 and also 2-0 at 17/2, it could even be worth covering both outcomes. Meanwhile it should also be worth backing under 2.5 goals, a winning bet eight out of ten of the last matches between these sides at the Stadium of Light, that outcome is best odds of 8/11 at the time of writing.
The bookies seem to fancy Andy Carroll to get a goal against the team that used to be his rivals when he was a Newcastle player, the big striker is the joint favourite in the goalscorer odds alongside Luis Suarez, both strikers are 6/1 to score the first goal of the match and 2/1 to get on the scoresheet at anytime. Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt certainly can’t be discounted though, they are 7/1 and 9/1 respectively to score first against Sunderland and 9/4 and 3/1 respectively to score at anytime. Sunderland’s most likely goal threat according to the bookies is Nicklas Bendtner, the not so great Dane is 7/1 to score first and 13/5 to score anytime.
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