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Sunderland v Liverpool: History leans towards an away win but recent form is less convincing for Klopp

by Rob Dore | December 28, 2015

Jurgen Klopp started his tenure at Anfield with a solid start away from home in the Premier League. Drawing 0-0 at White Hart Lane. A very respectable result against the side with the second best home record in the division.

All hell broke lose then when he masterminded a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge and a 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium, where the Reds could easily have scored six or seven. They did score six at Southampton in the Capital One Cup. There was also a 1-0 Europa League win over FC Scion in the mix to make it four straight away wins in all competitions.

Liverpool, reinvigorated by the grinning German, looked like they could sweep past any side on their travels. Until they traveled to Newcastle and things started to unravel.

A 2-0 defeat at St James was followed by a tedious, but understandably so, 0-0 draw away to FC Scion. A last minute Divick Origi goal was needed to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom before they put in their worst display of the season away to Watford. Losing 3-0 but performing throughout as though were 10-0 down from the kick-off.

So that’s no goals in three away games in all competitions for Liverpool and they’ve conceded five goals in their last two away in the Premier League.

  • Liverpool to score exactly 0 goals:

Beating league leaders Leicester 1-0 at home in their last game was a good result but Klopp’s side are so inconsistent that it’s hard to be confident backing them atto win at the Stadium of Light.

A Glimmer Of Light For The Reds

In fact it’s more than a glimmer.

In the Premier League Liverpool have traveled to Sunderland 13 times winning 8 games, drawing two and losing three. Liverpool have kept 6 clean sheets in those 13 games.

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Going back over the last 30 times Sunderland have hosted the Merseysiders, a run of games which stretches back to the 1960s things look even more promising for Liverpool. Their last 30 visits have been rewarded with 18 wins, nine draws just th three defeats and a very respectable 15 clean sheets.

  • Liverpool to win to nil:

Sam-thing To Cling To?

Sunderland’s current form is similarly uncertain. Sam Allardyce’s side have the third worst home record in the Premier League and are currently on a four game losing streak home and away.

However two of their four home wins, which are also their only clean sheets at the Stadium of Light, have both come over their last four home games.

  • Sunderland to win to nil:

Even with their poor home record the Mackems are no pushovers on home soil. Three of their four home defeats have been by a scoreline of 1-0 with only Norwich and West Ham managing to score more than a single goal there in the Premier League.

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