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The first chance for Sunderland to get out of the relegation zone

Last updated: October 29, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 1:30pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLLDW
Away form: WLDLL
Last season: 0-2
Competition: The Premier League

Sunderland were simply brilliant against Newcastle last weekend and deservedly recorded their first victory of the season, winning by a classic 3-0. Their new manager, Sam Allardyce, showed he can be an inspiration for the Black Cats and help them avoid relegation. The traditions in England are an important factor and what happened last season is now repeating its self. Sunderland had a very difficult start the last season, but eventually finished in 16th place and remained in The Premier League.

Roberto Martinez’s team has shown us some nice football from the beginning of the season. Everton have been defeated on just three occasions so far, but there were matches which could have been won by the Toffees but finally ended with draws. For instance, Everton drew against Swansea and Watford.

Sunderland’s fans will surely remember the team’s last two visits to Goodison Park. The Black Cats won the two consecutive Premiership away matches against Everton and Allardyce hopes his players can repeat this scenario.


Team News

Italian attacker, Fabio Borini, has received an injury and is the only player for Sunderland who can’t take part in the match.

Gareth Barry was sent off in Everton’s last match against Arsenal and will miss the game through suspension.

Besic (hamstring), Pienaar (hamstring), Hibbert (knee injury) and Baines (ankle injury) are still in Everton’s injury list.

After 10 games played, Ross Barkley has scored 3 goals and improved his record from last season when he found the net on only two occasions.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “Of course, we want to be better in terms of keeping clean sheets but it’s very easy and soft to look at the last man standing in the goal.”

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “Adam Johnson is a match-winner for us. He’s got that much ability and we want him to shine and express himself that way on a regular basis.”


Expected line-ups:

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Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, Ramiro Mori, Gibson, McCarthy, Naismith, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Deulofeu, Browning, Osman, McGeady, Cleverley, Mirallas.
Injured: Pienaar, Baines, Hibbert, Besic.
Doubtful:
Not available: Barry
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Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon, Kaboul, O’Shea, Jones, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Johnson, M’Vila, Defoe, Fletcher.
Subs Mannone, Rodwell, Graham, Jordi Gomez, Larsson, Toivonen, Coates
Injured: Borini
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

barkley Barkley this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 900 3 3 3 1 2 0
steven fletcher Steven Fletcher this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 (5) 516 3 1,4 0 1 0 0

So far this season

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Everton this season Sunderland this season
11 League Position 18
1 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (0)
3-0 vs. Southampton Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (4)
0-3 to Manchester United Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester United
Lukaku (5) Top scorer Fletcher (3)
Delofeu, Barkley (3) Assist Leader M’Vila (3)
Y16, R2 Discipline Y23, R2
4 Failures to score 4
3 Clean Sheets 1
5 Both Teams to Score Games 5
6 Over 2.5 Games 6
4 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Sunderland have won only 17 from 71 visits to Goodison Park, but the last two ended with a victory for the guests (0-1 and 0-2).
  • The last Everton victory against the Black Cats was 12th April 2014 when Wes Brown scored an own goal which was the only one of the match.
  • The Black Cats have lost 4 of 5 away Premiership games this season. The only point they took was against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
  • Everton lost their last home game against Manchester United 0-3. The Toffees have recorded only one victory at Goodison Park this season (3-1 vs. Chelsea).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/05/15 The Premier League Everton 0-2 Sunderland Graham 53′
09/11/14 The Premier League Sunderland 1-1 Everton S. Larsson 67′
12/04/14 The Premier League Sunderland 0-1 Everton W. Brown (OG) 75′
26/12/13 The Premier League Everton 0-1 Sunderland Sung-Yong Ki (PG) 25′
20/04/13 The Premier League Sunderland 1-0 Everton S. Sessègnon 45′