By Josh Powell | Sunderland v Liverpool
Liverpool got off to a flying start this year racking up three straight 1-0 wins on the spin to top the table for a short time. There might have been a couple of hiccups against Swansea and Southampton, but the Reds can get back to winning ways by piling more misery on to Sunderland.
As if actually living in Sunderland wasn’t bleak enough, fans of the Black Cats have had a miserable start to the season and are now manager-less as Paolo Di Canio got the chop.
On the up side at least the players have got ketchup back in the canteen.
Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to the North East this afternoon, here are 10 reasons why backing the away side at 8/11 could pay for your trip to the pub this evening.
- In 12 visits to the Stadium of Light, Liverpool have lost just three times, winning seven of the matches and drawing two
- Manager-less Sunderland are the only side in the top flight without a win so far
- Liverpool have lost just two of their last 17 league matches, winning 10 and drawing five
- The Black Cats have won just three of the last 21 league matches, losing 12 and drawing six
- Luis Suarez returns in the Premier League and has scored five times in five games against Sunderland
- Sunderland have beaten Liverpool just three times in 24 Premier League clashes
- If you tally up the scores over the last 10 years, Liverpool have beaten Sunderland 24-8 on aggregate
- The Black Cats have hit 43 shots this season, with just eight going on target. That means 81 per cent of their efforts are going into the stands
- This is Sunderland’s worst start to a Premier League season since 2005/06 when they were relegated with just 15 points
- Liverpool fans have learnt the dangers of throwing beach balls on to the pitch
The stats look good, and the only thing that tastes better than a cheeky Sunday evening pint, is a cheeky Sunday evening pint paid for out of Paddy Power’s pocket. Brendan Rodgers’ men are 8/11 to take three points from the Stadium Of Light, and if you’re looking for a bit more value they are 7/2 to win both halves, and 17/10 to win to nil.
Mine’s a Heineken!