Sunderland v Liverpool predicted line-ups and match preview

Sunderland Stadium of Light

Sunderland are looking to bounce back from recent disappointments against Chelsea and Manchester City, while Liverpool are looking for back-to-back league wins.

To be played on Wednesday 30th December 2015 at 19:45. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Odds: Sunderland 19/4, Draw 119/40, Liverpool 8/11

The home side needs a lift in confidence, while the visitors need to leapfrog a couple of sides following results on bank holiday, and keep pace with other sides in pursuit of the top four places.

Despite their recent losses against Watford, Chelsea and Manchester City, Sunderland will be looking at games against the likes of Newcastle and Watford where Liverpool have lost against battling sides - with the latter of the two showing a physical presence can upset the Reds.

One man who has openly said he would love to get himself on the scoresheet for the home side is former Liverpool man Fabio Borini - who has found some form by scoring in each of his last two appearances. The Black Cats are currently seven points from safety and are desperate for the win.

Liverpool bounced back from recent disappointing defeats in the Premier League by overcoming then league leaders Leicester City at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp will be keen for his side to get back-to-back wins. 

The Reds boss has said he wants more goals from other areas of the team, while Christian Benteke found himself on the scoresheet. A win for Liverpool would see them go level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United - five points off the Champions League places. 

Sunderland predicted lineup

  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Wes Brown
  • Sebastián Coates
  • Billy Jones
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Yann M'Vila
  • Jack Rodwell
  • Fabio Borini
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Duncan Watmore

“Yes, I'd like to score against Liverpool. More than anyone else. I've said everything I want to already about my time there. But these games are huge for us”
Fabio Borini

Liverpool predicted lineup

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Emre Can
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Adam Lallana
  • Lucas Leiva
  • Christian Benteke

“Now we have to play against Sunderland and we don’t want to go there and show how football should be, we want to win, that’s the only reason we travel there. There’s no reason for us to doubt the mentality of the team in thinking ‘oh it’s only Sunderland’”
Jürgen Klopp

 

Sunderland injury news

Younes Kaboulout - hamstring

John O'Sheaquestionable - calf

Adam Matthewsout - ankle

Sebastian Larssonout - knee

Liverpool injury news

Jon Flanaganout - knee

Joseph Gomezout - ACL

Martin Skrtelout - hamstring

James Milnerout - calf

Jordan Rossiterout - hamstring

Danny Ingsout - ACL

Divock Origiout - hamstring

Daniel Sturridgeout - hamstring

Jordon Ibeprobable - illness

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