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Sunderland vs Everton Preview: Last Stand Or Fresh Surrender?

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Must we? Oh, okay then.

Clive Brunskill

Sunderland Team News

Jozy Altidore is out of the game with 'a knock', whilst Gus Poyet has also confirmed both Jack Colback and Phil Bardsley will remain involved despite both headed for the exit this summer. Steven Fletcher remains an injury absentee, though.

Everton Team News

Leon Osman is Roberto Martinez's big doubt ahead of this one. Phil Jagielka is nearing a comeback, but is not believed to be in contention for this game.

Predicted Line-ups

Sunderland vs Everton - Football tactics and formations

Key Match-up: John O'Shea vs. Romelu Lukaku

I have too much respect for your collective intelligence to write an actual reason here. Plus, I'm too busy crying.

Recent Form: LWWWWW

Loss: Arsenal 4-1 Everton

Win: Everton 2-1 Cardiff

Win: Everton 3-2 Swansea

Win: Newcastle 0-3 Everton

Win: Fulham 1-3 Everton

Win: Everton 3-0 Arsenal

Last Time Around:Sunderland 1-0 Everton 20/04/2013

Was this really a whole year ago? It feels like a lifetime. Stephane Sessegnon gave Paolo Di Canio a second successive win in charge that just about secured Premier League safety.

Referee: Lee Probert

Does it matter at this stage? For those desperate for omens, Probert took charge of Sunderland when we beat Everton at Goodison Park in December. He also was the man in the middle when we beat Newcastle at the Stadium of Light this season.

What The Managers Said

Gus Poyet

It's true in my opinion that the biggest side of the game is often the mentality of the team and the players.

That's true whether you are at the top of the table or the bottom.

You have to keep training so you don't lose sharpness or intensity, but, when you are fighting relegation, you need to be mentally strong, you need to feel good rather than fearful.

If we have that strength, that determination, I hope we have to enough to do something even now.

We will see.

Roberto Martinez

They've had significant performances at home this season and they can replicate that level at any time.

We'll have to be at our best against a team that's ready to fight for every ball and you have to have the same level of focus and concentration.

We remember the defeat at home against them and we need to be as good as we can be.

Roker Report Predicts

Tough to feel enthusiastic about this one. Everton to grab first goal and pick us off on the counter. I'll go for a 0-2 away win.