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Match Preview: Everton Vs Sunderland AFC

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Preview of this Sunday's clash at Goodison Park.

A rare image of Danny Graham celebrating a goal against Everton last season (image:Getty)

A rare image of Danny Graham celebrating a goal at Everton last season (image:Getty)

Sunderland have a first chance to develop some momentum this season and start putting points on the board. The Black Cats will carry some confidence into Sunday's clash having displayed an organised and clinical performance over North East rivals Newc6astle. But it's important to not get carried away as difficulties in retaining possession were still abundantly clear.

With this in mind I think we can expect another counter attacking philosophy to be installed at Goodison Park this weekend. Big Sam has plenty of work still to do solving many of our on field problems that it stands to reason that in an away fixture against tough opposition that little will change in the way we set up. There's always a worry when allowing opponents possession, especially as Big Sam will be facing a defensive headache following injuries in the derby clash.

Match Appointments

Referee: Andre Marriner

Assistants: S Ledger & R West

Fourth Official: M Jones

Team news

Everton

Phil Jagielka could miss the rest of the year after picking up a bad knee injury.

Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic and Tony Hibbert are all struggling to be fit for Sunday.

Sunderland

John O'Shea and Younis Kaboul are both likely to miss this weekend's after picking up injuries last Sunday, though Big Sam has confirmed he does not expect lengthy lay offs. Ola Toivonen suffered recurrence of a knee injury after being rushed back.

Fabio Borini is expected to be available following his derby day absence.

Last 10 League Meetings

09 May 2015

Everton 0-2 Sunderland

09 Nov 2014

Sunderland 1-1 Everton

12 Apr 2014

Sunderland 0-1 Everton

26 Dec 2013

Everton 0-1 Sunderland

20 Apr 2013

Sunderland 1-0 Everton

10 Nov 2012

Everton 2-1 Sunderland

09 Apr 2012

Everton 4-0 Sunderland

26 Dec 2011

Sunderland 1-1 Everton

26 Feb 2011

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

22 Nov 2010

Sunderland 2-2 Everton

Form

Everton

Sat 24th Oct

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Sat 17th Oct

Everton 0-3 Man Utd

Sun 4th Oct

Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Mon 28th Sep

West Brom 2-3 Everton

Sat 19th Sep

Swansea 0-0 Everton

Sat 12th Sep

Everton 3-1 Chelsea

Sunderland

Sun 25th Oct

Sunderland 3-0 New6astle

Sat 17th Oct

West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

Sat 3rd Oct

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Sat 26th Sep

Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

Sat 19th Sep

Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland

Sun 13th Sep

Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham

Last Corresponding Fixture

Facts 'n' Stats

  • Everton have enjoyed just one victory in their last five Barclays Premier League games against Sunderland, drawing one and losing three.
  • Yann M'Vila has assisted three goals in his last three games for Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.
  • The last five top-tier meetings between these two sides have produced a total of just seven goals (two for Everton, five for Sunderland).
  • At Goodison Park, the Toffees have lost their last two Barclays Premier League clashes with Sunderland after going unbeaten in the previous 11 (W9 D2).
  • Everton have lost two consecutive top-flight games; they last lost three in a row back in January 2015.
  • The Toffees are the only side in the top division yet to score a goal from a set-piece situation, with all 13 goals so far coming from open-play.
  • With three goals and three assists this season, Ross Barkley has already equalled his best-ever haul of goal involvements in a single Barclays Premier League campaign (also six in 2013/14).