Sunderland vs Liverpool
|Date & Time||Saturday February 6, 2016, 10:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Liverpool 2/5 Draw 3/1 Sunderland 8/1
Westwood sports; NBC Live
On Saturday Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will try to get back on track in the league as they face a struggling and relegation threathened Sunderland. Never is a team more dangerous than when their backs are to the wall. Sunderland are gettign very close to the edge and they need to start picking up points. The midweek loss to Manchester City was a tough one to take because agaisnt on of the best teams in the league Sunderland without doubt created the better chances and deserved something from the game. Jermain Defoe is going to be the key man for Sunderland and Sam Allardyce has put his faith in Defoe after selling Fletcher to Marseille in the transfer window. It now comes down to whether this Sunderland side have the fight for the battle it certainly looked like they did in that midweek game against Manchester City.
Liverpool's shambolic defending cost them yet another game midweek when losing at the King Power stadium to league leaders Leicester City. Jurgen Klopp has his side working extremely hard but without Couthino they really are not creating many clear cut chances. The reds have failed to score in their last three games and have looked devoid of attacking inspiration. Benteke, Firminho need more support from Ibe, Milner and Henderson/Llalana. This is a team that has bundles of talent but they are definitely not producing performances good enough to merit a top six finish. This game is a chance for Liverpool to pick up some points though as they face one of the worst defences in the league and at home they should be able to produce a better performance.
While I think that Liverpool are going to finish the season strong I think they are going through a little lull at the moment and I am going to take Sunderland +1 on the handicap to take something from this game. I have a feeling Liverpool and their players already have one eye on the Cup final in a couple of weeks. Sunderland'#s needs for points are simply far greater at this point in time.