When and Where: The Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The game is being shown live on Fox Soccer Plus, with a live stream available on FoxSoccer2Go, via a subscription.
Preview: Following last week's defeat to Arsenal, Liverpool goes into the encounter with Sunderland knowing that nothing less than a win will do to keep alive their fading hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Liverpool currently sits 10 points behind fourth-place Arsenal, albeit with a game in hand.
Sunderland's form has also tailed off in recent weeks. The Wearsiders are currently without a win in three league contests after a blazing start to Martin O'Neil's reign as manager.
The Stadium of Light has been a happy hunting ground for Liverpool in recent seasons with the Merseysiders claiming four wins in the last five encounters. Sunderland's only victory in that period was achieved courtesy of Darren Bent's notorious beach-ball-aided goal in October 2009.
Team News: Sunderland will be missing two of its most influential players for Saturday's match, in Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon. Both players are suspended following their being sent off in last weekend's draw with local rival Newcastle.
Defender John O'Shea is expected to play despite a broken hand, thanks to a protective cast.
Liverpool will welcome back captain Steven Gerrard and defender Glen Johnson after the pair picked up minor injuries while on international duty with England. Manager Kenny Dalglish could decide to drop Dirk Kuyt to the bench, after the Dutchman missed a penalty against Arsenal, with Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll waiting in the wings.
Prediction: Sunderland's injuries could prove crucial. While Cattermole can be overly enthusiastic at times, to put it mildly, he can be pivotal in winning the ball back in midfield. Meanwhile, Sessegnon has been the team's central creative force this season.
Liverpool will miss Daniel Agger's presence alongside Martin Skrtel at the back, but the returning Gerrard should give them a boost that's enough to see Dalglish's side return to winning ways.
Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool