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Liverpool v Sunderland: Time to cash in on Anfield’s goal machines

A win against Sunderland on Wednesday night would leave Liverpool breathing down Chelsea's neck.

by Sean Goff | March 25, 2014

The last time Liverpool won a league title the Berlin Wall was still standing and somewhere called West Germany was two months off winning their third World Cup at Italia ’90.

But the Reds face Sunderland on Wednesday night (8pm) with some serious momentum behind them on the back of six successive league win for the first time since 2006.

Another win would leave them one point off Chelsea. And with four of Liverpool’s seven league games to come in front of the Kop – their title challenge is looking brighter than Brendan Rodgers’ teeth.  

1. Luis Suarez to score a hat-trick @ 11/2

The Uruguayan scored his third Premier League hat-trick of the season against Cardiff (Norwich, West Brom) to take his seasonal tally to 28 league goals and equal Robbie Fowler’s club record haul. With six goals in his last five games against the Black Cats – that’s scarier than a no make-up selfie for Sunderland’s defence.

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Luis Suarez against Spurs

Suarez is 5/2 to score the first goal of the game for the seventh time this term. But with the form he’s in he could smash through the 30-goal barrier – and smash Paddy in the pocket at the same time.

2. Liverpool (-2 goals) on the handicap @ 6/5

Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored at least three goals in their last six consecutive wins. And with only one defeat (v Southampton) at Anfield this term they’ve netted 19 goals in their last five home games. At 2/11 in the win-draw-win market you’d barely get enough back for your bus fare if they win. But give Sunderland a two-goal start and the red half of Merseyside become a different proposition at 6/5.

3. Daniel Sturridge to score first @ 13/5

Dancing Danny Sturridge has been a revelation since joining the House of Scouse 14 months ago from Chelsea. Despite having ‘earned’ a Premier League, Champions League and two FA Cup winner’s medals with the Blues – he was as anonymous as Mesut Ozil in an Arsenal shirt.

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Brendan ROdgers talks to Daniel Sturridge

Nine of Sturridge’s 19 goals this term have been the first goal of the game. With the ‘SAS’ just eight strikes shy of Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley’s 55-goal record in the 1993/94 season for Newcastle – the prospect of stopping them in their tracks is enough to make John O’Shea call in sick.

4. Liverpool to beat Sunderland 3-0 @ 7/1

The Reds have scored three goals in their last two fixtures against Sunderland {3-0 (H), 1-3 (A)} and are 3/1 to score exactly three goals against Gus Poyet’s side.

But with Sunderland having scored just two goals in their last five league games it’s hard to see where their goal threat will come from. Even if Liverpool do look shaky in defence at times.

 5Martin Skrtel anytime scorer @ 6/1 

While the ‘SAS’ of Sturridge and Suarez have earned the plaudits and the points with 82 goals in 30 games – the other ‘S’ of Skrtel has been rewarding punters despite just scoring six league goals.

If you had £/€5 on the tattooed Slovakian each week to score the first goal of the game since the season started you’d be up £/€395 with Paddy Power. If you had £/€5 each-way on the centre-half in Paddy Power’s exclusive each-way betting you’d be up £/€562.50.

He mightn’t score often but if he pops up at 22/1 again on Wednesday night he’ll be the toast of backers everywhere.






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