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  • March 20, 2011
  • • 13:30
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: K. Friend
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Premier League Preview: Sunderland - Liverpool

Premier League Preview: Sunderland - Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish aims to secure 250th managerial win at the Stadium of Light...


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Sunderland: Mignolet; Onuoha, Mensah, Bramble, Bardsley; Sessegnon, Henderson, Muntari, Richardson: Welbeck, Gyan.

Liverpool: Reina; Carragher, Wilson, Skrtel, Johnson; Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Rodriguez; Suarez, Carroll.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland have won just two of their previous 19 games against Liverpool.
  • Steve Bruce’s side are currently on a five-game run without a win; they last tasted victory on January 22 away to Blackpool.
  • The Black Cats have only scored once in their last four home meetings against the Reds, with Darren Bent bagging the goal with the assistance of a beach ball.
  • Sunderland have gone 259 minutes without scoring in the Premier League.
  • The Wearside club have dropped 13 points in the last ten minutes of games - the most in the Premier League.
  • Kenny Dalglish can record the 250th win of his managerial career if Liverpool win at the Stadium of Light.
  • Liverpool have lost all three of their Premier League away games directly following a Europa League matchday this season.
  • Dirk Kuyt is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with seven Premier League goals, three of which came in their last league game against Manchester United.
  • The Reds have taken 17 points from their last eight Premier League games.
  • Liverpool have conceded six goals in the last minute of matches this season only Wolves have conceded more.
LAST MEETING



September 25, 2010: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland 

The two sides played out a controversial 2-2 draw when a Fernando Torres strike was the talking point of the fixture. Steven Gerrard also netted for the Reds, cancelling out two goals from Darren Bent.

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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
5John MensahDefender
2Phil BardsleyDefender
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
19Danny WelbeckStriker
3Asamoah GyanStriker
1Craig GordonGoalkeeper
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
7Boudewijn ZendenMidfielder
17Steed MalbranqueMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
22Danny WilsonDefender
10Joe ColeMidfielder
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
5Christian PoulsenMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
Players to Watch
Stéphane Sessegnon
Stéphane Sessegnon
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Benin International has impressed since his arrival for £6million from PSG in January. His creative spark and dynamic play is something Sunderland have been missing this season, and they should benefit particularly from his ability on the ball and eye-catching skill. He is also very direct and is not afraid to run at players, which could be an issue for Liverpool in the full-back positions given Glen Johnson's defensive frailties and Jamie Carragher’s lack of pace.

Although the winger is yet to find the net for the Black Cats he has come close on several occasions including rattling the bar at Goodison Park against Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton last month. The Reds will have to be wary against Sessegnon breaking his scoring duck against them.
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The £35million man destroyed Sunderland when he played for Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear in October, when the Magpies won 5-1. The England striker is expected to make his first start in the Premier League for the Reds and will probably partner Luis Suarez in attack.

His physical presence should cause the Black Cats problems especially from set-pieces where they have struggled recently. The striker’s ability to bring other players into play with knock-downs and flick-ons could also be a problem for Steve Bruce’s side as they may have to cope with many runners from midfield, as Carroll is just as good a provider as he is goalscorer.
Prediction
Sunderland have been good at home this season, losing only three times, while Liverpool have been inconsistent over the last few weeks and have never won after playing in the Europa League this season.

The Black Cats also have a few players returning from injury so they will almost be back to full strength after a horrendous run with injuries which included influential captain Lee Cattermole missing two months of the season. The Reds will be missing Steven Gerrard which will be a huge blow and one which could cost them in a tight game.
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