Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs. Liverpool

The Premier League returns this weekend after last weekend’s FA Cup action and it all gets underway at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland welcome Liverpool in the early kickoff.

The Black Cats have only won one of their last ten league games and haven’t won at home since the beginning of October. They have drawn more games than anyone else in the league (11) and need to start turning draws into wins.

Sunderland’s home record: Played 10 – Won 1 – Drawn 6 – Lost 3

That won’t be easy against a Liverpool side who have turned things around themselves of late, and Brendan Rodgers has seen his side go unbeaten in their last four league games, winning two of those.

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They will be disappointed to have dropped points against Leicester at home in their last fixture as they were in control before drawing 2-2 and need to bounce back with a win to keep on the tails of those above them in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s away record: Played 9 – Won 4 – Drawn 0 – Lost 5

Sunderland haven’t beaten Liverpool in the last five meetings, and have won just one of the last ten games between the sides.

That was at home though, and they have won two of the last five Premier League games against Liverpool when at the Stadium of the Light – a record that should give them encouragement.

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Both sides have plenty of injury problems at the midpoint of the season and changes will need to be made by both managers.

The reverse fixture this season saw the two sides draw 0-0 at Anfield and an equally tight contest could be on show in this one.

Sunderland’s last five: D/W/L/D/L

Liverpool’s last five: L/D/W/W/D

Key Player: Steven Gerrard – The Reds captain may have confirmed that he is heading to LA Galaxy at the end of the season but he is Liverpool’s top scorer and will look to control the game from midfield.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool


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