Sunderland vs Liverpool 12/30/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds & Predictions
Liverpool vs Sunderland
Wednesday 30th December 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Sunderland 9/2 Draw 19/5 Liverpool 7/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; NBC Sports
The Wednesday night game comes from the Stadium of Light where Sunderland will take on Liverpool with both teams needing a win for very different reasons. Sunderland are in the midst of a relegation battle and need to start picking up points as they are five points from safety and with a squad that needs overhauling Sam Allardyce knows the importance of home games and picking up three points whenever possible. Defoe and Fletcher are the key men up front and both can cause problems for opposition defences, especially Defoe who's pace is still a game changer and he has a tendency to find himself in the right place at the right time to score important goals. The Black Cats will look to the aformentioned strike partnership and their strong leaders like O'Shea, Cattermole and Brown to fight hard here against a strong Liverpool side.
Jurgen Klopp]s hard working Liverpool got the win against Leiceste but they were far from impressive. Christian Benteke came off the bench to score the winner and looks likely to start here with Origi and Sturridge injured. Firminho, Henderson and Couthino will provide the support from midfield but Liverpool's greatest asset since Klopp took over has been their relentless work ethic. The problem with that of course is when you play three games in eight days that can take it out of the legs. Liverpool are lucky to be getting two extra days rest before this game though and I think that the Reds are deserved favourites here.
Tough to see anything but an away win here, while Sunderland are a tricky opponent in the Stadium of Light they have been so poor this season that it is very very tough to see Sunderland getting anything here. I'm taking Liverpool -1 on the handicap as I think the reds put in a big performance here and the two extra days rest will do them the world of good.