Sunderland – Liverpool 29.09.2013
Rock bottom Sunderland still seek their first victory of the new Premier League campaign.
The Black Cats host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon and it remains to be seen if they are capable of shocking the Reds on home soil.
When Paolo Di Canio took over the reigns last season, Sunderland started to produce very good displays and the team secured the top flight survival last term. However, following a poor run of results at the start of the new campaign, the Italian coach was sacked, with Kevin Ball replacing him as Sunderland boss. The new coach recorded a victory on his debut, with the Black Cats defeating Peterborough United 2-0 in the Capital One Cup in midweek and the team will be looking to continue their winning run when they welcome Liverpool on Sunday at their Stadium of Light.
Match: Sunderland – Liverpool 17.00h
League: England Premier League
Our prediction: Away Win Odds: 1.70
Sunderland have yet to record a triumph this term and they are rock bottom side in the Premier League standings, with the team picking up no more than one point so far. The team clinched their only point back in August against Southampton on the road and the only top table side the Black Cats have faced so far is Arsenal. I believe that Kevin Ball is likely to adopt a defence-minded approach as he will be more than satisfied with a point from his Premier League debut as Sunderland coach.
Liverpool have started the new campaign in great manner, but the Reds put an end to their unbeaten run at the weekend as they suffered a shocking defeat to Southampton at their Enfield Road. Nonetheless, two very important players Suarez and Coutinho both missed the Saints clash and the Uruguayan striker will make his Premier League debut against Sunderland. On the other hand, key midfielder Coutinho will be out for months and he is going to be sorely missed at Enfield Road. During Luis Suarez absence Daniel Sturridge was the man to score in Brendan Rodgersˈ side and I can not wait too see him and Suarez playing together. The Uruguayan striker has actually returned in midweek game against Manchester United, with the Reds suffering a 1-0 defeat in the Capital One Cup. Liverpool have been producing brilliant displays on the road and with Sunderland next, I think that the visitors will continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League on the travels.