Sep 29, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
1-3
Liverpool
Giaccherini (52')
Giaccherini (59'), Colback (80')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Sturridge (28'), Suarez (36', 87')
Leiva (82')

Preview: Sunderland vs. Liverpool

Sports Mole looks ahead to managerless Sunderland's Premier League clash against Liverpool at the Stadium of Light.

Not only are Sunderland searching for their first Premier League win of the season, they will also be heading into a league clash without a permanent manager when they host Liverpool at the Stadium of Light.

Kevin Ball, who oversaw the Black Cats' 2-0 win over Peterborough United in the Capital One Cup this week, will take charge of the team following the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio last weekend.

Despite rumours that former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet is a favourite for the position, reports have claimed that chairman Ellis Short is in no rush to appoint a successor.

As well as being without a manager, the club have confirmed that striker Steven Fletcher will be sidelined for six weeks with a shoulder injury.

For Liverpool, Luis Suarez is expected to start on Sunday following his return to action from a 10-match ban in the Reds' 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

The Merseyside outfit began the season with three straight wins followed by a draw and defeat, but Brendan Rodgers's man can keep up their pressure on the top spots with an away win this weekend.

Defender Daniel Agger is expected to return to the fold following a side strain, while Sunderland could keep with Lee Cattermole in midfield, despite going through a period of exile under Di Canio.

Fabio Borini, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Liverpool, will be ineligible to play against his parent club.

Recent form

Sunderland: LDLLL

Liverpool: WWWDL

Possible starting lineups

Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, O'Shea, Cuellar; Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki; Giaccherini, Altidore

Liverpool: Mignolet; Toure, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson; Moses, Sturridge, Suarez

Sports Mole says: 0-2

Chairman of Sunderland AFC, Ellis Short, during the launch of a pioneering partnership between Invest in Africa and Sunderland AFC at Stadium of Light on June 25, 2012
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