Goal Australia's betting expert Paul Gough says the bookies have made Brendan Rodgers' team heavy favourites to get back on track against the reeling Black Cats
Liverpool have the ideal opportunity to get their season back on track after some recent hiccups when they travel to manager-less Sunderland in the EPL on Sunday.
The Reds - still without a league title since 1990 and having not finished better than sixth in the past four seasons - made their best start to a season in years when they won their first three fixtures this season 1-0.
That included a win over Manchester United - boosting hopes that at last the Reds were again ready to match it with England's best teams.
But Brendan Rodgers' second season in charge has hit a bump in the road with a disappointing 2-2 draw at Swansea followed by a shock 1-0 home loss to Southampton in the EPL and a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Man U in the League Cup in midweek.
The Black Cats are last on the table with just one point from five games and, following their 3-0 loss away to West Brom last Sunday, sacked manager Paolo Di Canio after just six months in charge.
Caretaker manager Kevin Ball led the club to a much-needed 2-0 win over lower division Peterborough in the Capital One Cup in midweek but that game is hardly a pointer to the Black Cats' chances against Liverpool on Sunday.
With the Reds' superstar striker Luiz Suarez making his return in midweek in the League Cup following his ten-match ban for biting, Liverpool should have sufficient firepower to win this game comfortably.
Suarez and his in-form team-mate Daniel Sturridge are the $5 equal favourites to score the game's opening goal on Sunday at bet365 but we would prefer to back both to score at any stage at $2.20.
Stoke are in tenth spot - seven places and three points better off than Norwich after five matches - and held title favourites Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in their last home outing.
That is good form for a match against struggling Norwich, who have gone down 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in each of the past two seasons, with bet365 offering odds of $6 on that scoreline being repeated again on Sunday.
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