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TOPIC: Sunderland away, Sat 10th Jan, KO 1245 UK

Sunderland away, Sat 10th Jan, KO 1245 UK 2 years 3 months ago #249

Liverpool will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday; 12.45pm kick off UK time. The Reds’ hectic schedule continues with back to back away games in the league (a trip to Aston Villa follows this fixture), then the FA Cup fourth round tie against Bolton is sandwiched between the two legs (er…) against Chelsea in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup. Liverpool then end the month with the visit to Anfield of West Ham Utd in the league, meaning the Reds have six games in the space of 21 days.

Sunderland have recorded just one win at home in the league all season (a 3-1 victory over Stoke back in October), the fewest home wins in the division shared with Leicester. Their total of 11 draws is the highest in the league, with six of those draws coming at the Stadium of Light (the most draws on home soil this season). The stats don’t get any better for the Black Cats. Their tally of ten goals scored at home is the joint second lowest (Burnley and Aston Villa with seven have scored less) and only West Brom with 16 goals scored against, have conceded more at home than Sunderland’s total of 15.

Unsurprisingly given the above, Sunderland find themselves in 14th place – three points above the relegation zone – but can take solace from the 0-0 draw they got at Anfield back in December. They’ve also managed to hold Man Utd, Spurs and Chelsea to draws at the Stadium of Light this season. Liverpool did win the corresponding fixture last season 3-1 with Sturridge and Suarez (2) on the scoresheet. Liverpool would need a big victory over Sunderland and for West Ham to suffer a heavy defeat in order for us to leapfrog the Hammers, who are currently 7th with 32 points with a goal difference of +7.

Our record win in this fixture is 7-0 at Roker Park back in December 1912, while Sunderland’s biggest victory is 5-1 from November 1947. If Steven Gerrard scores a hat-trick (he currently has four goals against the Black Cats) he will move into our top five players list with most goals against Sunderland. The top five are currently Luis Suarez with seven goals in seven appearances, Gordon Hodgson with eight goals in 17, Billy Liddell with ten in 16, Harry Chambers with 11 in 19 and Roger Hunt with 13 goals in 16 games.

Liverpool’s overall league record against Sunderland:

Total – P: 155 W: 69 D: 35 L: 51 F: 259 A: 218GD: +41
Home – P: 78 W: 39 D: 21 L: 18 F: 142 A: 93 GD: +49
Away – P: 77 W: 30 D: 14 L: 33 F: 117 A: 125 GD: -8

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

8th – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 2 D: 3 L: 1 F: 9 A: 8 Pts: 9
15th – Sunderland: P: 6 W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 5 A: 7 Pts: 6

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Sunderland) and away (Liverpool):

19th – Sunderland: P: 6 W: 0 D: 3 L: 3 F: 4 A: 7 Pts: 3
3rd – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 3 D: 0 L: 3 F: 8 A: 10 Pts: 9

Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Gus Poyet (all competitions):

Total – P: 4 W: 3 D: 1 L: 0 F: 10 A: 3 GD: +7
Home – P: 3 W: 2 D: 1 L: 0 F: 8 A: 2 GD: +6
Away – P: 1 W: 1 D: 0 L: 0 F: 2 A: 1 GD: +1

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: D Cann, J Brooks
Fourth Official: R Madley

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are missing Sturridge (thigh), Lallana (thigh), Jones (thigh), Johnson (groin), Allen (knee) and Flanagan (knee)

For Sunderland, Rodwell (hamstring) and Cattermole (groin) definitely miss out, while there are doubts over Alvarez (illness), Mannine (illness) and Reveillere (calf). Sebastian Coates can’t feature against his parent club.

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Lovren, Sakho, Toure, Manquillo, Moreno, Enrique
Midfielders: Gerrard (c), Henderson, Lucas, Coutinho, Markovic, Can, Suso
Forwards: Sterling, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Sunderland:

Goalkeepers: Pantilimon, Mannone (?), Dixon
Defenders: Jones, Van Aanholt, Brown, Reveillere (?), O’Shea (c), Vergini
Midfielders: Bridcutt, Larsson, Johnson, Gomez, Mavrias, Giaccherini, Buckley
Forwards: Fletcher, Wickham, Mandron, Watmore
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