Sunderland-Liverpool Betting Preview: Expect the Black Cats to walk alone at the Stadium of Light

Brendan Rodgers’ side will be gunning for an outright victory following successive loss against Southampton and Manchester United

Sunderland continues life in the Barclays English Premier League without Paolo Di Canio who was shown the exit door following the Black Cats 3-0 loss at West Brom.

Although caretaker boss Kevin Ball stepped in for Tuesday's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough United and will retain his place in the dugout for this fixture as they continue to search for a new manager, the hosts are underdogs to win this encounter on Sunday.

Ladbrokes is rating them at 9/2 (5.50) to secure victory within 90 minutes.

As for Liverpool, they will be hoping for their first victory in three successive games. The Reds had earlier been silence before home fans in their last EPL fixture before bowing out of the Capital One Cup versus Manchester United. They are available at 8/11 (1.72) to record an away win.

The draw is a 12/5 (3.40) play with the same firm.

Luis Suarez will be staging a return to the league after completing a 10-match ban following his biting expedition against Chelsea’s Ivanovic last season.

The Uruguayan forward as expected will be handed a starter’s shirt and the role of goal scoring will fall on his shoulders. You can back him at 7/2 (4.50) to find the back of the net first. In absence of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge has lived up to expectation by scoring crucial goals for the Anfield giants. With this in mind, Ladbrokes is offering him at odds of 4/1 (5.00) to set the Stadium of Light alive with goals while their Nigerian import, Victor Moses is a 3/1 (4.00) play to score at any time.

Rodgers will be without vice captain Daniel Agger , Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Sebastian Coates due to injury. Creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho will also miss out after undergoing shoulder surgery. Not minding this setback, the visitors are available at 32/20 (2.60) to win to nil.

Liverpool will take heart from their good away form in the league, with Rodgers's side unbeaten in their last six matches on the road. Following a shocking display away at West Brom, Kevin will be keen to stop the rot this weekend.

Ladbrokes  price the home side at 15/2 (8.50) to win to nil while also backing both teams to score at 10/11 (1.90) which is  bet that stand out in this encounter.

Punters seeking for a value bet should back total goals over 2.5 at 20/21 (1.95).

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