Liverpool vs Sunderland Preview, March 10th

by Punter's Hero on March 10, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Sunderland will host Liverpool this Sat. March 10th at the Stadium of Light in a pretty intriguing English Premier League matchup. Liverpool has been busy recently with Carling Cup and FA Cup games and have played only seven league games this calendar year and have won just one of them. They were successful in the Carling Cup Final though as they managed to beat Cardiff on penalties at Wembley on Feb. 26.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish blew all chances at coming in fourth place and earning a Champions League spot last week with a 2-1 home loss to Arsenal. Liverpool fans will be glad this game is on the road since their home record of four wins, a loss and eight draws leaves a lot to be desired for such a powerful club. They did manage to beat lowly Wolverhampton 3-0 recently, but that’s not much of an achievement. They also lost 2-1 to Manchester United and have now slid down the EPL table into seventh place.

They have 39 points on the season which have come from 10 wins, nine draws and seven losses. They’ve played 26 league games and managed just 30 goals and sit 10 points behind fourth-place Arsenal. They’ve won just one game in their past five with three losses and a draw. They’re also just three points ahead of Fulham and Stoke, but have a game in hand on them.

Sunderland can pull to within a pair of points of Liverpool if they can beat them. They are currently in 12th spot in the table with 34 points from nine wins, seven draws an 11 defeats. They’ve won two, lost two and drawn once in their past five games.

Liverpool’s biggest problem this season has been cot converting their scoring chances into goals. They could have easily beaten Arsenal last week if they knew how to finish. Another part of the problem is Dalglish not being positive enough with his team selection. The 35 million pounds spent on striker Andy Carroll seems a like a ridiculous waste of money since he sits on the bench more often than not.

The Merseyside club does have a good record against Sunderland though since they’ve only been beaten by them once since back in 2002 and have won four out of their last five meetings with them on the road. Sunderland managed to beat Arsenal and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, but hasn’t won in their past three league games, which includes a terrible 4-0 loss away to West Bromwich Albion. They did manage a point last week in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle, but let in a last-minute equalizer.

To make matters worse, both Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon were sent off in the game and Cattermole has been suspended for four matches.
Injury-prone defender Wes Brown will likely miss the game too due to a knee injury. For Liverpool, captain Steven Gerrard is expected to return and he could be joined by Glen Johnson. However, Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva are injured and will miss the match.

This should be a close affair and a draw isn’t out of the question. However, sportsbook William Hill has Sunderland as the underdogs with a win for them at 3/1 while a Liverpool victory shows even odds. A draw is listed at 11/5.

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