Three Points Crucial For Reds And Blackcats

Mario Balotelli is in line to return from injury this week. Image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

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Sunderland v Liverpool


Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Saturday January 10 – 10:45pm (AEST)

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Liverpool face a tricky task in their second EPL match of the year, travelling north to a desperate Sunderland  side.

Since their 3-0 loss to Manchester United in mid-December, Liverpool have somewhat put the rails back on the track. Undefeated in their past four outings, Brendan Rogers can breathe a slight sigh of relief, however there’s still a long way to go for last season’s runners-up. Currently occupying eighth on the EPL ladder, the Reds must continue to plug away if they want a slice of European football next season. Although Daniel Sturridge is expected to remain on the sidelines for another week or two, Mario Balotelli returns from injury. The off-season signing has failed to register a goal in the EPL this season, however he’s to score first on Saturday.  

With just three wins in the opening 20 matches of the season, Gus Poyet’s Sunderland find themselves in a fight nobody wants to be in – the relegation battle. The Blackcats may be sitting in 14th, but a loss this weekend could see them tumble to as low as 19th. Losing hasn’t exactly been an issue for them this season, it’s dropping points with draws that have hampered their progress. Sunderland have racked up the most amount of draws in the competition, ending level on 11 occasions. Not finishing off sides has been their Achilles heel, and Poyet will demand a complete performance, especially if they take an early lead.

The last time these teams met in early December last year, it finished in a 0-0 stalemate. That scoreless draw is one of six the Blackcats have managed this season, and considering Liverpool’s lack of bite in attack is still evident; the under 2.5 goals option is certainly worth thinking about.  

 

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