Sunderland v Liverpool preview

Team news for Sunderland's Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Sunday (1.30pm).

Last Updated: 18/03/11 at 12:40

Suarez: Will partner Carroll

Suarez: Will partner Carroll

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will have three players returning from injury in his squad.

Skipper Lee Cattermole (back), defender Nedum Onuoha and midfielder Bolo Zenden (both calf), will all be included after resuming full training, while Danny Welbeck could be handed a first start after his return from a knee injury at Arsenal a fortnight ago.

The game could come just too soon for striker Fraizer Campbell after his seven-month lay-off with a knee injury, while Michael Turner (also knee) is expected to return to training next week.

Craig Gordon is likely to be named among the substitutes as he continues on an exercise programme to address tendinitis in his knee, while David Meyler (also knee) is closing in on full fitness.

Liverpool are likely to field their strongest front pair of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.

Owing to Carroll's recent injury problems, the duo have played just 15 minutes together - in the 3-1 win over Manchester United - since both arrived in January.

However, the England international made his first start for the club in their Europa League exit against Braga, for which Suarez was ineligible, and the former Newcastle striker is likely to retain his place with the Uruguayan returning to the line-up.

Defender Daniel Agger may be fit, having missed the last four matches with a knee injury, but the Reds will be without captain Steven Gerrard (groin), defenders Martin Kelly and Fabio Aurelio (both hamstring) and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (knee).

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Onuoha, Bardsley, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Muntari, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Richardson, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Zenden, Colback, Gyan, Welbeck, Noble, Knott.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Johnson, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Rodriguez, Carroll, Suarez, Kuyt, Cole, Gulacsi, Wilson, Agger, Flanagan, Poulsen, Ngog, Pacheco.

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Saturday, 26 April 2014
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Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
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Sunderland v Cardiff  
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 34 56 74
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 34 -13 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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