Everton vs Sunderland
English Carabao Cup , Season 2017/18
Date: Wednesday, 20th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Goodison Park (Liverpool).
The pressure keep mounting on Ronald Koeman after his team fell to a humbling 4-0 defeat at Manchester United this weekend. The Toffees had now go on a win-less streak of 6 games, with the latest four being defeats without scoring. However, 3 of those defeats came away from home and they will be happy to get back to Goodison Park.
Everton have a decent record at home this season. The last fixture was a 0-3 loss to Tottenham, but they won 3 on the bounce with clean sheets prior to this.
Sunderland are coming on the back of a four match win-less run. They drew with Hull City on the weekend before losing three in a row. Moreover, the team managed just 1 win from the last 7, which came in the second round of the cup competition at Carlisle United. It is evident that the team is struggling to perform at consistent level, which is further worsened with injuries to key players like Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore.
Everton vs Sunderland: Head-to-head
The last 11 meetings between the two sides have all come at the English Premier League and only one of those games end in a draw. Everton won 6 of them as against Sunderland’s 4.
At the Goodison Park, Everton lost just twice in their last 17 meetings with Sunderland. However, the defeats came not long ago – in consecutive seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15. The Toffees won 12 games during the period, with remaining three ending in scored draws.
Everton vs Sunderland: Prediction
Despite League Cup not being Everton’s priority, Ronald Koeman would want his team to respond positively following an array of defeats. Sunderland themselves are in poor shape. Combining this with their poor record at the Goodison Park, the Toffees are in a perfect position to record overdue win.
Everton have a decent record at home and kept 3 clean sheets from their four home matches at the Goodison Park this season. But Sunderland, despite their four match barren run had lost just once in 6 road games this season and have scored in 5 of those.
We are expecting both managers to rotate their squad heavily to keep key players fit for more important fixtures. Therefore, both sides could be out of fluidity and both teams to score look like a decent proportion to me. This is further consolidated while considering Sunderland had scored in 4 of their last 5 visits to the Goodison Park.
Everton vs Sunderland: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score for 1.95 at William Hill.
Over 1.5 second half goals for 1.72 odds at Unibet.