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  • 26 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Sunderland - Everton Preview: Black Cats looking for first victory over Toffees in 13 Premier League attempts

New boss Martin O'Neill will be hoping his side can build on win over QPR for the visit of David Moyes' men, who defeated Swansea 1-0 on Wednesday at Goodison Park


PROBABLE LINEUPS


SUNDERLAND


Westwood
O'Shea, Bramble, Brown, Bardsley
Larsson, Vaughan, Colback, Richardson
Sessegnon
Bendtner


EVERTON


Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines
Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Drenthe
Cahill
Saha
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has to make do without the services of Marcos Angeleri, Fraizer Campbell, Craig Gordon and Michael Turner (all knee). Simon Mignolet is out with a facial injury.

Meanwhile, Connor Wickham did not feature in the 3-2 victory against QPR and remains a doubt for this fixture due to a knee problem.

Everton manager David Moyes will likely not be able to call upon Victor Anichebe (groin), Seamus Coleman (thigh) or Jack Rodwell (hamstring) due to respective injuries.

Royston Drenthe looks to continue in midfield after providing the assist in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Swansea, as does goalscorer Leon Osman, who has scored in two Premier League games in a row.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Sunderland have managed to win only one of their last five home games in the Premier League, with draws against West Brom, Aston Villa and Fulham coupled with a defeat to relegation strugglers Wigan. They came from behind however in their last outing at the Stadium of Light to defeat Blackburn.
  • The Black Cats have accumulated 36 yellow cards and 1 red in all competitions so far this season.
  • The home side have scored 266 goals against the Toffees through the course of their history, but have shipped in 290 goals.
  • Everton are undefeated in their last 13 Premier League games against the Black Cats. During this time, they have managed to register 10 victories and three draws.
  • David Moyes' men have scored only two goals in their last four league games, winning only one of them in the process - Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Swansea. The Merseysiders drew against Norwich, whilst losing to both Arsenal and Stoke 1-0.
  • If all games ended at half-time, the Toffees would have been joint rock bottom of the Premier League with Wolves.
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Players to watch

P. Bardsley

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Phillip Bardsley managed to provide two assists in the recent victory over Blackburn Rovers, and should be looking to continue his good run of form against the visiting Toffees.

R. Drenthe

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Royston Drenthe has become a valuable addition to the Everton squad since his arrival on loan from Real Madrid at the end of August. He now has five assists to his name, and will likely be looking to further contribute to the club's cause.

Editor's Prediction

Sunderland are still warming up to Martin O'Neill and should take a little time to adapt to his style of management, so a draw may be on the cards when they take on an Everton side that blows hot and cold.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sunderland

Everton

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
33%
30%
37%

Top 3 Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
1 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Sunderland AFC SUN
1 - 2
Everton FC EVE

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