Liverpool vs Sunderland, live on Sky Sports, kick off 20:00.
With just eight games to go Liverpool are in with a decent shout of the title. Whilst not quite in their own hands, if they win all their remaining games they have a great chance of winning their first title in the Premier League era (or since football records began if you’re prefer).
Of course there are some big games to come, notably against Manchester City and Chelsea (both to be played at Anfield). But the difference between this season’s Liverpool and those of recent history is that the lesser teams are being dispatched by an incredible strike force. Liverpool are attacking with a brand of football from the good old days that suggests they enter each game determined to score more than the opposition, not lock them out. That, along with a general loathing of the recent consistent winners, has some neutrals making them their favourites for the league.
The next test is Sunderland at home tonight. A tie that has some history, or at least a worthy excuse for whipping out the famous ‘beach ball’ goal for.
Earlier in the season Liverpool beat Sunderland 3-1 with goals from Sturridge and Suarez (2).
Sunderland themselves are struggling. Their historic run to the league cup final was a nice diversion for fans, but without that trophy to soften the blow of relegation, they need to start winning games and climbing the table. They have games in hand on their rivals, but they aren’t always the best games in hand to have. Certainly no one wants to face Liverpool at the moment. However much you think their defence will give you a chance, you’d have to look at your own defence and wonder how many Suarez and Sturridge will put past you.
For Sunderland, they have Connor Wickham back from this loan, but can’t play Borini against his parent club. Poyet will be happy to have some striking options, but the stat that he’ll be intensely aware of is that Suarez has scored more than his entire team this season.
In summary, it seems a question of how many by, rather than if, Liverpool will win this match. That said, pressure can do strange things to teams and individuals, and there’s no team that’s unbeatable, especially one that ships goals like Liverpool can.
There’s a good selection of value bets on the match tonight, we’ve picked a couple for you below.
• BetFair have choose your own cashback trigger
• BetVictor will refund certain markets if a penalty is scored
• BWin are going double delight and hat-trick heaven on first goalscorers
For all the rest of the value bets and specials check out the Forum and the Today’s Offers page, and don’t forget to join the chat live during the game.