Progressing nicely in cup competitions and unbeaten in six across all competitions, Liverpool seem to be in much healthier shape than they were when they went down 3-0 at Old Trafford in mid-December and bookies are confident the Reds will maintain their momentum this weekend as they travel to Sunderland.
Ladbrokes have installed Brendan Rodgers’s troops as odds-on, 19/20 favourites to collect all three points on Wearside, where the Black Cats are Stan James’s 3/1 outsiders and BetVictor post 13/5 against a stalemate.
That was the outcome when the pair met at Anfield last month and a repeat of the goalless scoreline from that encounter is a 10/1 shot at betway. That result would be good news for backers of bet365’s 9/2 about the teams going in on level terms at the end of each half and for punters expecting both teams to score (4/5, BetVictor), a score draw is 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Noting the result in the reverse fixture and the fact that Liverpool recently shared the spoils against struggling Leicester, some sceptical punters might want to back the Reds at 2/5 in Stan James’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
However, the hosts have managed just one victory in their last ten Premier League outings so there’s no reason why Rodgers’s revitalised side shouldn’t collect a maximum haul at the Stadium of Light. They’re 9/4 via bet365 to defeat the goal-shy hosts ‘to nil’, BetVictor go 7/1 about Liverpool bagging the game’s only goal and they’re 5/2 (Winner.com) to prevail by a one-goal margin.
Liverpool to beat Sunderland ‘to nil’ – 9/4 (bet365)