Liverpool will be feeling markedly better about themselves than they were last time they faced Sunderland, a less-entertaining-than-it-sounds 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Since then Brendan Rodgers’ side have found a settled formation and more convincing form, winning four of their last six outings and drawing the remainder.
However, those considering backing the Reds for their fourth away win in five attempts at even money may want to consider a fairly compelling statistic.
While 29/10 outsiders Sunderland have drawn six of their last ten league games, they went in to the break with honours even in all but one of those fixtures.
Eight of their ten top-tier home games have also rewarded backers of a bet priced up at 6/5 when Liverpool come to town.
Even when the Black Cats were savaged 4-1 on home turf by a Sergio Aguero-inspired Manchester City, equilibrium was in evidence as the oranges were served.
Overall Sunderland have been drawing at the interval in a scarcely-believable 14 of their last 20 matches.
The Liverpool formbook suggests they are far from conspicuously likely to prove flies in the ointment of our suggested wager at the Stadium of Light either.
Despite drawing not once in their last six Premier League away days, five of those fixtures were half-time stalemates.
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Scorelines of 0-0 and 1-1 look the ones to double up on at 2/1 and 11/2 respectively having comprised all nine of Sunderland’s interval draws in their last ten league games.