Everton vs. Sunderland: Premier League – Match Preview

Everton will look to build on some good recent form when they host a struggling Sunderland side on Saturday.

The Toffees’ were held to a goalless draw away at Middlesbrough in their last league game.

In a match of very few chances, Everton extended their recent unbeaten run and remain in seventh spot.

Sunderland were thrashed 4-0 at home by Southampton, with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring twice for the Saints.

Defeat leaves the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League in a tightly contested relegation battle.

Premier League form: Everton W3 D2 L0; Sunderland W1 D1 L3
Premier League top scorers
Everton – Romelu Lukaku 16 goals
Sunderland – Jermain Defoe 14 goals

Match history
Romelu Lukaku scored a superb hat-trick when the pair met earlier in the season as Everton eased to a 3-0 success.

The meeting last year was another comfortable win for Everton, as they hit Sunderland for six at Goodison Park.

Last five Premier League meetings
Sunderland 0 Everton 3 – 11/09/16
Sunderland 3 Everton 0 – 11/05/16
Everton 6 Sunderland 2 – 01/11/15
Everton 0 Sunderland 2 – 09/05/15
Sunderland 1 Everton 1 – 09/12/14

Everton & Over 2.5 goals – Evens with Coral

Team news
Romelu Lukaku is a doubt for Everton, but should be fit to lead the line at Goodison Park.

Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy are set to be on the bench following their own injury issues.

Papy Djilobodji serves the last of his four-match suspension this weekend.

Jordan Pickford is set to start in goal for Sunderland here as he returns from a lengthy injury issue.

Expected starting XI’s
Everton (4-3-3): Robles; Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, Schneiderlin, Gueye; Barkley, Lukaku, Lookman
Sunderland (3-5-2): Pickford; Kone, O’Shea, Denayer; Jones, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Oviedo; Januzaj, Defoe

Predictions

Result: Everton (2/5 with William Hill)

Correct Score: 3-0 (9/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Romelu Lukaku (7/10 with William Hill)

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