Date:Sunday September 29 2013
Stadium of Light
Sunderland go into their first league game without Paolo Di Canio and it's really a case of being back at square one, I for one am thankful that he has gone early, others think it's a disgrace that he has been removed.
Either way, the fact remains that Di Canio signed 14 players and somebody has got to come in and sort this mess out, Di Canio could not make them play together, but the rumours that I'm hearing about his man management, it's a wonder that anyone gave him the time of day, let alone talk to him or even play for him.
The Black Cats go into this game I believe with more chance of getting something from the game now that Ball is in charge, no my choice for the new man admittedly, but he has got the player's respect and they might just even give it a go.
Liverpool on the other hand started off really well and you can put a lot of that down to Daniel Sturridge, he has been in hot form and Liverpool didn't seem to mind being without Luis Suarez for a while.
But he is back now and with his return comes back to back defeats against Manchester United and Southampton, maybe he will take some time to settle in again, maybe this is a good time to face Liverpool?
Kevin Ball: 'From Liverpool's point of view, their objectives for the season are there for all to see.
'We know what to expect and it's up to us to counteract that and impose ourselves on the game.
'I've always said to players - just give me 100% of what you can do. They will often surprise themselves with what they can achieve.'
Sunderland will miss the services of striker Steven Fletcher with shoulder injury. Phil Bardsley will also miss out. New signing and former Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena faces a late test.
One of our few major hopes.
Daniel Agger is fit again and could start. However, Glen Johnson remains sidelined with an ankle injury while Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen are still out.
Four goals in the first four matches and will be looking to add more goals to his name against Sunderland.
Liverpool have lost just three times in 12 Premier League visits to Sunderland, winning seven of these matches.
Those three defeats are the only victories Sunderland have achieved over Liverpool in 24 Premier League meetings.
The highest-scoring match between the two clubs was a 6-5 top-flight Sunderland win at Roker Park in December 1930.
Howard Webb is Sunday's referee, for his stats, Click Here
I can see this game ending 0-3 to Liverpool
Man United h, Swansea a, Newcastle h.
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Date:Sunday September 29 2013
Borini Says Sunderland Are Staying Up. (Friday December 6 2013)
Tottenham Visit Stadium of Light (Friday December 6 2013)
Poyet Proud Of His Players After Chelsea Thriller (Thursday December 5 2013)
Mourinho Happy With Win But Knows It Wasn't Easy (Thursday December 5 2013)
Stats: Sunderland v Chelsea (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Team News From The Stadium of Light (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Former Sunderland Striker Retires From Playing. (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Sunderland Take On Chelsea..... (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Sunderland v Chelsea - Past Meetings (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Black Cats Get O'Shea Boost (Tuesday December 3 2013)
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