Preview: Liverpool vs. Sunderland

Sports Mole looks ahead to tonight's Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield.

For the first time since 2009, there is some real optimism around Anfield heading into the final stages of the Premier League title race.

Liverpool play host to Sunderland this evening in the knowledge that a victory would move them to within a point of leaders Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers's side are in good form, having been unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year, winning nine of their 11 outings.

Rodgers is expected to stick with the majority of the team that won 6-3 away at Cardiff City at the weekend, although Raheem Sterling could replace Philippe Coutinho. In terms of injuries, Rodgers has no new concerns to contend with.

The same cannot be said for his opposite number Gus Poyet, though. The Sunderland boss will be without Steven Fletcher because of an ankle complaint, while Marcos Alonso is suspended.

Italian striker Fabio Borini will also be absent under the terms of the loan agreement that look him from Liverpool to Sunderland earlier in the campaign. The omission of Fletcher and Borini could see Connor Wickham profit, having recently returned from a loan stint at Leeds United.

The visitors need the victory just as much as their hosts, only for different reasons. They go into the clash 18th in the table and three points from safety.

However, the Black Cats have not won at Anfield since October 1983, with Gary Rowell scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Recent form

Liverpool: WLWWWW

Sunderland: WLLLDL

Possible starting lineups

Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Flanagan; Gerrard, Allen, Henderson; Sterling; Suarez, Sturridge

Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Gardner; Cattermole, Bridcutt, Larsson, Ki, Johnson; Wickham

Sports Mole says: 3-0

Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014
Read Next:
Poyet: 'Liverpool are a one-man team'
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account