Michael Owen has backed Liverpool to get the better of Sunderland at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool will head into the encounter placed eighth in the league table with 20 points from 14 matches, while the visiting Black Cats are currently 14th with 14 points.
“The Reds returned to winning ways midweek beating ten-man Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium and should be too strong for Sunderland’s visit to Anfield at the weekend,” former Liverpool striker Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.
“Gus Poyet’s side will try and keep things tight but struggle for goals at the opposite end, one of only three PL sides averaging less than a goal a game.”
Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has also predicted Liverpool to win against Sunderland.
“Sunderland got the run-around on Wednesday and they worked their socks off for a draw against Chelsea last weekend,” he wrote on Skysports.com. “I think this will be one game too far for them, their third game in a week.
“Liverpool weren’t great at Leicester, but they won and they’ve had two wins on the trot and Sunderland have had to work too hard recently.”