Sunderland’s home clash against Liverpool is shrouded in uncertainty following the departure of Paulo Di Canio. Ignoring the midweek Capital One Cup victory against Peterborough, it’s hard to know how the Black Cats will react to the change at the helm but bookies are anticipating more struggle so they’re Stan James’s 9/2 outsiders for the points.
The Reds meanwhile, are odds-on at 3/4 with William Hill to return to winning ways following last weekend’s disappointing reverse against Southampton, it’s 29/10 with bet365 to finish all square and the latter is set to prove popular with some neutral punters expecting a spike in form for Kevin Ball’s rock-bottom side in the wake of the change at the helm.
Also set to attract cash is BetVictor’s 13/2 for it to end one-apiece just as it did when the pair met on Wearside last season but Brendan Rodgers’s charges have more quality in their ranks and with Luis Suarez available again, they should have enough to counteract any improvement on the part of the hosts, albeit in what should be a tight affair.
BetVictor quote the Reds at 5/2 to sneak it by a one-goal margin, Stan James post 17/2 against a 2-1 success and Suarez, who got a useful 90 minutes under his belt at Old Trafford on Wednesday, is 9/2 (Winner.com) to mark his return to Premier League action by breaking the deadlock.