Opta Stats: Sunderland v Liverpool

Can Sam Allardyce influence his Sunderland side when they take on Liverpool?
Can Sam Allardyce influence his Sunderland side when they take on Liverpool?
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Both Sunderland and Liverpool are in desperate need of a win as they strive towards fulfilling their very different ambitions. Opta presents the vital statistics.

"Sunderland have conceded just two goals in their four Premier League home games under Sam Allardyce."

Under 2.5 goals is 1.9310/11.

Sunderland have managed to pick up just two points in their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W0 D2 L4). The visitors are 1.715/7 to win.

Liverpool have conceded only 10 goals in their last 22 league meetings with Sunderland. They are 2.3611/8 to keep a clean sheet.

Sunderland have lost 70 league matches against Liverpool - only against Everton (71) have they lost more often (also lost 70 v Aston Villa). Liverpool are 2.89/5 to win half-time/full-time.

Sunderland have won just three of their 28 Premier League games against Liverpool, all by a one goal margin at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool are 9.617/2 to win 2-1.

Perhaps the most famous win by Sunderland against the Reds came in 2009-10 when their winning goal saw Darren Bent's shot deflected into the net by a beach ball thrown from
the crowd. Sunderland are 5.95/1 to win again.

Christian Benteke has netted five goals in six Premier League appearances against Sunderland; more than versus any other side - this includes one of only two hat-tricks in the competition (April 2013). He is 2.26/5 to find the net.

Benteke's winning goal against Leicester City on Boxing Day was his first in the competition for the Reds since October. He's 5.59/2 to open the scoring.

Sunderland have conceded just two goals in their four Premier League home games under Sam Allardyce. Under 2.5 goals is 1.9310/11.

Liverpool have lost their last two Premier League away games without scoring - they haven't lost three consecutive away games in the competition since April 2012 (four in a row). You can lay Liverpool at 1.728/11.

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