Premier League Betting: Sunderland v Liverpool - Fan v Fan Preview



Sunderland perspective: Martyn McFadden, A Love Supreme.

Team news

International breaks can give some managers a selection headache, but thanks to James McClean's Twitter exploits, he should still be quite fresh. Adam Johnson pulled out of the England camp with a thigh injury, but looks set to pass a late fitness test which will bolster our attacking strength. But Phil Bardsley still fighting to be fit, midfielders Craig Gardner and Jack Colback look set to fill in at right and left-back respectively.

Form

Sunderland have put in two great away performances so far this season. Against Arsenal we really showed our defensive resilience, and an impressive effort against a stubborn Swansea side saw new signing Steven Fletcher bag himself a brace. Our fans will be dying to see the team on home turf, although the turf may still be somewhat waterlogged! Given our new firepower coupled with Liverpool's lack thereof, we could be set to secure our first win of the season.

Head-to-head

Our last few meetings have seen a bit of drama, what with the infamous beach ball incident and the reunion of Luis Suarez and Asamoah Gyan after their World Cup history. A draw and a narrow victory last season suggest the game could be a close one, but you can only expect a hungry Sunderland side to be fully focused on taking advantage of a somewhat floundering Liverpool one.

Best bets

Sunderland to win 2-0 at 17.00. We should do well against a struggling Liverpool, and I can see us grabbing a couple.

Sunderland to score in both halves at 4.50. This one could be a safer option, if the scoreline bet is too risky.

Red card given - 'Yes' at 4.25. Liverpool have already had a player sent off this season, and with Lee Cattermole on the pitch it's always a possibility.

Score prediction

Sunderland 2-0 Liverpool (17.00)

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Liverpool perspective: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.

Team news

Liverpool are still without Lucas Leiva who will be out for a few more weeks following his thigh injury. Jose Enrique is still not 100% so he will probably not start, meaning Stewart Downing will likely fill the left-back slot again. Many of the players played for respective countries in the recent World Cup qualifiers and thankfully all returned injury-free.

Form

Liverpool have started the season poorly and with one point from three games the pressure is on to collect all three at the Stadium of Light. Before the international break we suffered the home defeat to Arsenal so our confidence is still shaky. Steve Gerrard and Pepe Reina have both made some terrible mistakes in the opening games, so hopefully this break was good for them to refocus and get their mojos back. Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling have been the rising stars in this Liverpool squad and I expect another class performance from both of them.

Head-to-head

In the same fixture last season Sunderland beat us 1-0 thanks to a goal by Nicolas Bentner. Things can't get too much worse than that.

Best bets

Under 2.5 goals at 1.84. With our attack yet to hit top gear and Sunderland still bedding in new players, this could be a low-scoring affair.

Draw/Liverpool HT/FT at 6.00. We'll be looking to keep things tight early on, and could nick it in the second half.

Steven Gerrard to score first at 9.00. Having made mistakes for us and been sent off for England, he'll be looking to bounce back on Saturday.

Score prediction

Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool (17.00)

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