IT’S going to be a massive culture shock for footballing connoisseur Jurgen Klopp when he takes his Liverpool team up to Wearside on Wednesday evening to battle it out with Sam Allardyce’s struggling Sunderland in the Premier League.
After the Reds’ 1-0 Boxing Day win against Leicester at Anfield the German will still believe that his side can make the Champions League placings and he wouldn’t have given up hope just yet on his team winning the Premier League.
Lets just have a reality check though. The Leicester win was just their first success in their last five matches and in the last three away games the alarming thing for Liverpool backers is that they’ve failed to score in every match; hardly title winning form.
The visitors are very short to win this at 7/10 with BetBright. The money has started to come in for them and even though they should just edge it, there are some much nicer bets to be had in this one rather than risk your hard earned cash on odds-on aways.
The hosts have now lost their last four matches but, three of them were away at Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City. This is going to be a lot closer than the 9/2 on the home side with BetBright odds-compilers suggests.
The one thing that I’m very confident about in this match is that I really don’t expect to see many goals.
Three of the last four Sunderland home matches have featured less than 2.5 goals and in the last four matches both teams have failed to score.
Out of the two the both teams to score as a “no” is the best bet in the match at 4/5 and has also been a winner in four of the last five Liverpool games.
Not with too much conviction I have to say, but I do believe that Liverpool will just find a way past the home side and instead of taking the odds-on for the away win, I’m going to put a couple of quid on a narrow 1-0 Liverpool success at 49/10.
Klopp’s side might take a bit of time to break down the home side rearguard but, they should have enough quality to get there in the end.
Another bet I like is the 37/13 on the match being a draw at half-time and a Liverpool win at full-time.
It’s very hard to see where the goals are going to come for both sides with Sunderland the second lowest scorers at home in the Premier League and Liverpool with just 10 scored in their nine away games.
Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game in the Boxing Day win against Leicester and the former Aston Villa striker is a player who usually goes on long scoring runs. He might be worthy of a small interest again in this one to score first at BetBright’s 4/1 in what is hopefully going to be the only goal in the match.
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