Sunderland - Everton Preview: Black Cats look for first Premier League win in 17 against Moyes' men
Paolo Di Canio's side aim to build on their 3-0 demolition of rivals Newcastle and maintain a push for survival in the top flight against the Champions League-chasing Toffees
By Simon Sinclair
Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose
Johnson, Larsson, N'Diaye, McClean
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Barkley, Gibson, Pienaar
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio may opt to stick with an unchanged team from his side that beat rivals Newcastle United 3-0 in the Tyne-Wear Derby. Carlos Cuellar should be fit for the clash with Everton despite picking up a knock in the win over the Magpies while striker Connor Wickham (ankle) could return after missing the game.
Di Canio will be without long-term absentees Steven Fletcher (ankle), Lee Cattermole and Wes Brown (both knee). Craig Gardner will also miss out as he serves the second match of his suspension following his 10th booking of the season, in the Black Cats' defeat to Chelsea two weeks ago.
Everton boss David Moyes has no new injury worries following his side’s clash with Arsenal in midweek. Leon Osman (hip) missed the game but could return to replace Ross Barkley in the centre of midfield.
Skipper Phil Neville could also feature in rotation at right-back allowing Seamus Coleman to push forward into midfield. Up front Victor Anichebe looks set to continue to lead the line but Nikica Jelavic could return to the starting lineup at the Stadium of Light.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Sunderland have not beaten Everton in 16 attempts, since David Moyes took charge of the Toffees in 2002.
In those games, the Sunderland have taken just four points and lost 12 times.
Sunderland have not won at home since January, a run that has stretched to five games.
- However, in each of their last three wins, they have scored three goals.
Nikica Jelavic (pictured) has scored in two of the three games he has played in against Sunderland.
The Toffees unbeaten in their last six Premier League games.
Everton have the seventh best away record in the top flight this season.
- Sunderland and Everton are 5/1 to draw 1-1 with bet365.
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Top 3 Predictions
Sunderland 1-2 Everton
- 16.53 %
Sunderland 2-1 Everton
- 15.45 %
Sunderland 0-2 Everton
- 10.3 %
|Premier League (EPL)||20 Apr 2013||Sunderland 1 - Everton 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||10 Nov 2012||Everton 2 - Sunderland 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||9 Apr 2012||Everton 4 - Sunderland 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||27 Mar 2012||Sunderland 0 - Everton 2|
|FA Cup (FA)||17 Mar 2012||Everton 1 - Sunderland 1|
|4 Dec 2013||Sunderland 3 - Chelsea FC 4||EPL|
|30 Nov 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|23 Nov 2013||Stoke City 2 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|10 Nov 2013||Sunderland 1 - Manchester City 0||EPL|
|6 Nov 2013||Sunderland 2 - Southampton 1||CCUP|
|24||Carlos Javier Cuéllar||Defender|
Sunderland have been rejuvenated following the appointment of Paolo Di Canio and their win over rivals Newcastle will only have improved team spirit and belief. However, they face an in-form Everton side who have aspirations of Champions League football.
This will be a hard fought game from start to finish, and the two teams will probably cancel each other out at the Stadium of Light.