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  • 9 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 32249

Everton - Sunderland Preview: Toffees look to extend unbeaten run over Black Cats to 17 games

The two teams meet for the fourth time this season at Goodison Park as Martin O'Neill's side look to avenge their defeat in the sixth round of the FA Cup two weeks ago



Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar


Gardner, Turner, Kilgallon, Richardson
Larsson, Vaughan, Colback, McClean

With just a day between games, David Moyes may reshuffle his team that drew with Norwich on Saturday. Phil Neville, who played in midfield against the Canaries, will drop to right-back where he had success against James McClean in the FA Cup games against Sunderland. Marouane Fellani and Seamus Coleman will also return after starting the game on the bench at Carrow Road, while the impressive Nikica Jelavic will continue to lead the line, supported by Tim Cahill.
Sunderland are 11/2 with Bet365 to beat Everton 1-0 on Monday.

Martin O’Neill could be forced into changes from his team that drew with Tottenham. Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley are both doubts for the visit to Goodison as both came off against Spurs late in the game. With John O’Shea still out and with no other recognised right-back at the club, Craig Gardner will fill in, with David Vaughan dropping into midfield. Kieran Richardson or Wayne Bridge could also be recalled to fill-in at left-back, allowing Jack Colback to revert back to his usual midfield role.

  • Everton have never lost to Sunderland since David Moyes has been in charge of the club - a span that lasts 10 years and 16 games. (11 wins and five draws).
  • Sunderland’s last win at Goodison Park came in the 1996-97 season with a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Michael Bridges and Craig Russell.
  • Nikica Jelavic (pictured right) has scored five goals in 10 games since joining the Toffees in January, including one at the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup quarter-final replay.
  • Tim Cahill has scored seven times against Sunderland in 14 games, six of which have been scored for Everton. The other came in the FA Cup semi-final for Millwall in 2004.
  • Stephane Sessegnon has assisted nine goals this season, and no player from a club outside of the top four has more than the Benin international.
  • Nicklas Bendtner has scored four goals in his last six league games and will look to keep this run of form going against the Toffees after drawing a blank against Tottenham.
  • Everton have lost just once in their last six league games at home, with their only defeat coming against Arsenal last month.

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Players to watch

T. Cahill

Position: Attacker

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The midfielder always seems to score against Sunderland so the Black Cats will not be happy to see him for the fourth time this season. Despite not being as prolific this season in front of goal the Australian international is always a handful for opposition defences, especially from set-pieces. His link-up play with Nikica Jelavic has been impressive in recent weeks, particularly as both are new to the partnership. If those two combine the Toffees could have a successful afternoon.

S. Sessègnon

Position: Midfielder

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The Benin international has been outstanding for Sunderland this season, scoring eight goals and bagging nine assists. He is the heartbeat of the team and every move appears to go through him going forward for the Black Cats. As shown against Manchester City, if he gets time and space on the ball he can cause havoc for defences with his pace and skill. Everton need to keep him quiet to get something out of this game.

Editor's Prediction

With games coming thick and fast at Easter time this game will not be a classic. Contests between the two sides have been pretty evenly matched bar the FA Cup replay at the Stadium of Light where Everton ran out comfortable winners. However, the Toffees may have one eye on Saturday and the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, which Sunderland may look to take advantage of.

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Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
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Sunderland AFC SUN
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Everton FC EVE
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