Liverpool V Sunderland Match Preview
A journey up to the North East for this weeks clash then at The Stadium Of Light. Sunderland are looking to capitalize on their emphatic efforts against Manchester United and put an end to successive losses against Liverpool.
Liverpool have won the last six meetings between the two clubs and have also managed to keep a clean sheet on all 6 occasions. Sunderland may not have the upper hand in terms of meetings but they come into this game on the back of a better run than Liverpool;
Sunderland are also on the back of four wins at their home ground. And just to add to all these positives their current on form striker; Darren Bent has scored 5 goals in his last 4 games for the club. He will surely be looking to punish us on his home turf and further improve that record.
So where are the stats that back up our lads i hear you say? Well I'm afraid at this moment in time there isn't much, what i did dig up though is that Sunderland have scored a total of 16 goals but have conceded 13. Considering the fact it feels like we've let in a million just recently our comparison is quite respectable; scored – 22, conceded – 12.
Line ups? Well a certain Bolo Zenden could feature for the opposition and it appears Sunderland do not have many injury worries. As for Liverpool the information i have gathered has been somewhat uncertain, some areas are suggesting that Torres and Gerrard may start from the bench due to knocks and there is also the chance that Mascherano, Lucas and Insua could come back from international duty today not ready. After hearing this the team prediction i have made below i am sticking by (to be perfectly honest it's because i made this bloomin' picture last night and it took longer to make than it may appear to have taken so it's staying) but in hindsight i would probably have put Aurelio at left back and possibly tweaked the midfield nonetheless i still can't see Gerrard and Torres not starting but you never know.
So there we have it, my score prediction for this week is going to be a 2-0 win. Even with Sunderland going well i just don't think they will break us down. Don't forget to predict your scores in the side bar and enjoy the match folks.
And finally, it seems we are still in wait for Aquilani but here are some pictures of him in training courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/