The young Black Cats currently sit two places and two points above their opponents going into the game, so must avoid defeat in order to stay above the Toffees in the table.
It's the beginning of an interesting month for the under-21 side, as they face Spaniards Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup at the Stadium of Light next prior to a tough away trip to Chelsea. Then, it's back to the International Cup tournament for a tasty home tie with Scottish giants Celtic.
All players involved at Everton will be hoping for a chance to test themselves against that trio, as well as feeling absolutely determined to remain clear of their Merseyside rivals with a good result this evening.
Sunderland line-up: Stryjek, Cartwright, T Robson, McNamee, Beadling, Agnew (c), Watmore, Oliver, Mandron, Honeyman, Lawson.