Liverpool are enjoying something of a mini resurgence of late and will be eager to continue this with a win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are unbeaten in all competitions since mid-December and will be aiming for six straight wins when the make the trip to Sunderland this weekend, thus increasing the pressure on the clubs above them in what is a very congested league table.
Steve Gerrard underlined his goalscoring prowess once again with two goals against League Two side AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round on Monday and he will be eager to continue this fine form with a goal or two in a match which could easily be won in midfield.
Sunderland have been enjoying the season rather less and with a mere three league wins since the start of the season, they will likely pose Liverpool very few problems. Indeed, they have proven themselves to be this season’s draw specialists and with a solitary victory in their last ten league outings, they will be desperate for maximum points this weekend.
The Black Cats are slowly slipping towards the relegation zone once again, a mere three points separating the side from 18th placed Crystal Palace and as such, the hosts start this match as firm outsiders with BetVictor offering best odds of 7/2 for a home win.
These two sides were forced to settle for a goal-less draw when they last clashed only a month ago at Anfield, however we don’t envisage a similar outcome on this occasion. Liverpool appear to have found their feet again and they will be desperate to start climbing up the league table once again.
With goal-shy Sunderland managing just seven league goals since early November, a Liverpool win-to-nil is very much on the cards. Nevertheless, the Reds aren’t exactly banging in the league goals this season, therefore we’ll be sticking our necks out a bit and going for a 1-0 Liverpool win at 13/2 with Bet365.
The biggest attacking option for the visitors is Raheem Sterling, the England international finding his scoring boots once again in recent weeks. He represents great value at 15/8 with Betfred to score at any time and that’s good enough for us.
Our betting tips
Liverppol to win 1-0 – Bet365 13/2
Anytime Goalscorer, Raheem Sterling – Betfred 15/8