Sunderland host Everton at the Stadium of light, hoping for a victory to guarantee their stay in the Premier League for next season.
Sunderland fought hard last weekend at the Stadium of Light to come from behind and grab a vital 3-2 victory over Chelsea which kept them above the relegation zone. Wahbi Khazri’s strike cancelled Diego Costa’s goal which put Chelsea in the lead initially, later Fabio Borini cancelled Chelsea’s 2nd goal scored by Matic before Defoe finished of the game with his goal. Sam Allardyce’s side knows a win in this game would keep in them in the premier league for 2016/2017 season and they will fight hard to achieve that.
Everton continued their back sliding last weekend as they lost 3-1 to the current Champions Leicester City at King Power Stadium, Jamie Vardy’s brace and Andy king’s goal put Leicester City in charge, it could have been worse for Roberto Martinez’ side but Jamie Vardy missed one of the Penalties. Kevin Mirallas later got a consolation goal for Everton with his solo goal. Everton will hope to get back to winning ways with this one as the season concludes.
- Sunderland seem to have woken up lately, they are undefeated in their last 4 games =, with 2 wins and 2 draws.
- Sunderland are also not bad at home recently, they have lost only 1 of their last 6 games, with 2 wins and 3 draws.
- Everton have won just 1 of their last 6 games, with 2 losses and 3 draws.
- Everton are also not good on the road, they failed to win in their last 5 away matches, losing 3 and drawn 2.
Sunderland: Team News
Sunderland’s only injury problem is Billy Jones who has been ruled out with hip injury. Allardyce is expected to repeat same starting IX that were victorious on Saturday
Sunderland: Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Mannone – Aanholt, Kaboul, Kone, Yedlin – Kirchhoff – Khaziri, M’Villa, Cattermole, Borini – Defoe
Everton: Team News
Everton has a handful of injuries; Gerard Deulofeu, Coleman, Tyia Browning, Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert. Funes Mori will be back from suspension and available for selection.
Everton: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Howard – Oviedo, Stones, Pennington, Baines – McCarthy, Cleverly – Lennon, Barkley, Mirallas – Lukaku
Sunderland vs Everton: Head-To-Head stats
Both teams have played 142 times together, which Everton has had the most wins. Everton have won 66 of their games against Sunderland while Sunderland have won 53 games and rest 23 have gone to draw.
Everton are unbeaten in 7 of their last 10 games, they have lost 3, won 5 and drawn 2.
Everton are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games at the Stadium of light, they have won 6 drawn 4 and lost just 1 in their last 11 games at Stadium of light.
Sunderland vs Everton: Prediction
Everton seems to be favourites in this game when considering the head to head stats, but looking at their recent records, having been win-less in their recent away games and having a bad run totally, Sunderland seem to have an edge over them.
Being that Everton are playing for pride, they are not in a battle but Sunderland are fighting for Survival, I think Sunderland will be a lot hotter than Everton in this game. I expect a win for the home side 2-1
Best bet: Sunderland win or draw.