What’s that coming over the hill and down the Anfield Road? It’s a bona fide monster price about Sunderland claiming a shock result against Liverpool.
The visitors are 27/2 for victory, with their hosts 4/25 and a Reds-momentum-checking draw priced up at a plump 25/4.
With the Black Cats such lengthy ‘dogs for victory, their hopes in the double-chance market have been priced up equally generously by bwin’s odds boffins and at 4/1 it has to be the pragmatic way to play.
Sign up for the betting banquet with over 30,000 backable bets at bwin.com today and they’ll slip a £30 free bet into your top pocket too, a gift which gains you £120 if Sunderland can avoid a defeat that for many has already happened.
Here’s why the Wearsiders can claim a heartening result in their battle against relegation in Liverpool.
Only six sides have a better record against top-ten opposition.
Sunderland have already downed Manchester City this term, also beating Newcastle home and away and avoiding defeat against Southampton twice.
They’ve also scalped Chelsea and Manchester United in the Capital One Cup and seem to relish playing the bigger sides far more than their bottom-half contemporaries.
The Black Cats have avoided defeat in two of their last three visits to Anfield.
Liverpool’s feted homestead won’t hold too much fear for Poyet’s men, with Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole and Sebastian Larsson all having left with points in Sunderland colours.
Poyet’s men have shipped first-half goals in just three of their last ten outings.
It’s a recent record of opening-period impenetrability that bodes well against a side that are the league’s best before the break, hitting 62 per cent of their goals pre-interval.
Liverpool have conceded six times in their last four home games.
The poorly kept secret of the hosts’ Swiss cheese rearguard means there’s every chance the Black Cats will be let into the onion bag.
Swansea hit three past Brendan Rodgers’ outfit last time out at Anfield, while lowly Cardiff hit them for the same number in Wales in their weekend fixture.