Liverpool will be looking to improve their already-impressive recent record against Sunderland at Anfield tomorrow in their first game of the new Premier League season.
The last ten meetings between the two sides have resulted in eight wins for Kenny Dalglish’s men, with Sunderland managing a solitary victory and the remaining match ending in a draw.
At 9/20 to secure another victory in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, Liverpool are hot favourites to make it nine wins out of 11.
Meanwhile, a draw is priced at 57/20 and a win for Sunderland is available at 13/2.
Although Sunderland secured a draw at Anfield last season, the previous three meetings on Merseyside saw the Reds win without conceding a goal.
With this in mind, betting on Sunderland to fail in front of goal once more could be a good option at odds of 91/100.
However, looking at seasons gone by might not be the best prediction tool given the amount of transfer activity at both clubs over the summer months.
Liverpool’s first move was to bring in Jordan Henderson from Sunderland and they have followed this up by bringing in Charlie Adam, Alexander Doni, Stewart Downing and, subject to the deal going through, Jose Enrique.
Meanwhile, Sunderland put the proceeds of the Henderson sale towards the signing of ten players.
Notable arrivals include Connor Wickham from Ipswich, Craig Gardner and Sebastian Larsson from Birmingham, Wes Brown and John O’Shea from Manchester United and David Vaughan from Blackpool.
Judging by the results of pre-season friendlies, Dalglish and his Sunderland counterpart Steve Bruce have had trouble integrating the new players into their teams.
Liverpool have been worryingly porous at the back, conceding three goals in all but one of their pre-season friendlies.
Sunderland have problems at the other end of the pitch having failed to score in three of their last five warm-up games.
With Liverpool in good goalscoring form – they have scored 15 goals in their six friendlies – the big question appears to be whether Liverpool’s shaky defence will be strong enough to keep out Sunderland’s blunted attack.
As Lucas is back to add steel in the Reds’ midfield following his extended post-Copa America holiday, it could be worth backing Jamie Carragher et al to prevail, making the best bet a 3-0 win for Liverpool at odds of 17/2.
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