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  • 25 September 2010
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: S. Attwell
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Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Sunderland

Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Sunderland

Both Liverpool and Sunderland will be looking forward to getting back to Premier League action on Saturday after suffering midweek defeats in the League Cup.

Liverpool were dumped out of the cup by League Two side Northampton Town on penalties, while Sunderland were knocked out of the competition by Premier League strugglers West Ham United.

Can the Reds halt the slide?

It’s been a tough week for the Liverpool squad and their fans after defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United in the Premier League was followed by a humiliating midweek defeat on penalties to Northampton Town in the Carling Cup.

The Reds weren’t at their best against United but Roy Hodgson will take heart from the fight back from his side put up, although he will be concerned that his side conceded a third goal and that all three of United’s goals came from crosses.

Things didn’t get better on Wednesday night when the Cobblers knocked the Reds out of the League Cup. Despite making 11 changes Liverpool fans were expecting a victory but it wasn’t to be as they were outplayed by Northampton, who were deserving of their victory on penalties.

Reds fans will at least be buoyed by their record against Sunderland in the Premier League at Anfield and will hope the return of their more senior players sees an improved performance and a much needed victory.

Black Cats aiming to keep unbeaten league run going

Sunderland are on a bit of a high in the Premier League at the moment, following their victory over Manchester City, a strong performance against Wigan and their dramatic injury time equaliser against Arsenal.

Confidence was high at the Stadium of Light, but a surprise defeat to West Ham United in the League Cup will have dented that a little.

The form of Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan will be something Steve Bruce will be happy with — between them the strikers have bagged seven of the eight goals scored by the Black Cats this season. Bruce will be hoping his new look strike partnership continues to flourish as Sunderland go in search of their first victory at Anfield in the Premier League.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool


Roy Hodgson is expected to recall his senior players for this match and that could mean 11 changes to the side beaten by Northampton Town.

Liverpool fans will be expecting to see Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Fernando Torres and Joe Cole back in the starting line-up and will hope they can turn around the Reds form.

Potential starting XI: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Konchesky; Cole, Poulsen, Meireles, Babel; Gerrard; Torres.

Sunderland

Steve Bruce played a full strength side for the Carling Cup defeat against West Ham so he may not make any changes to his starting line-up.

Captain Lee Cattermole will be available again after serving a one match suspension following his red card against Wigan, however Titus Bramble may not be involved following his recent arrest on suspicion of rape.

Potential starting XI: Mignolet; Onouha, Ferdinand, Bramble, Richardson; Henderson, Cattermole, Riveros, Malbranque; Bent, Gyan.

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Players to watch

Raul Meireles

Position: Midfielder

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The Portuguese midfielder looked composed on the ball against Manchester United and added some extra creativity to the Liverpool midfield. The new signing will be making his first appearance at Anfield in the Premier League and will want to impress the fans with a strong performance.

J. Henderson

Position: Midfielder

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Despite Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent stealing all the headlines with their goals, Henderson has also impressed in recent matches. He is a lively midfielder who likes to get on the ball and keep his side moving forward, he has also shown his creative side particularly against Wigan when he set up Gyan’s goal with some excellent skill.

If Sunderland are going to get anything out of this match they will need Henderson and his fellow midfielders to win the battle with Gerrard, Meireles and Poulsen.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Sunderland

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
76%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN

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