Everton head to the Stadium of Light full of confidence after their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Arsenal last week.
However, the same can’t be said for the hosts, Sunderland. They were heavily beaten 5-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Monday evening, and are now without a league win since their 3-0 win over Newcastle United on the 1st February.
Sunderland are still without Steven Fletcher and Kieran Westwood, whilst Wes Brown should be ok after picking up a head injury against Spurs on Monday.
Leon Osman is Everton's only doubt, having had five stitches in an eye wound he sustained against Arsenal.
Phil Jagielka could return from a hamstring injury for next weekend's visit of Manchester United.
Everton will be looking to build on their excellent form. Last weekend’s victory over Arsenal was their sixth in a row in the league, which has left them one point behind Arsenal with a game in hand.
Should Everton add another win, it will beat their previous best of six, set in November 2002.
Sunderland go into this game on the back of a 5-1 defeat by Tottenham, and this would have knocked any confidence they had, out of them.
They are currently bottom of the league, seven points from safety, but with two games in hand. However, they’ll have to start winning sooner rather than later, or else it will be season over for them.
The stats are not good for the Wearsiders. They haven't won any of their last seven matches and they have won fewer points at home than any other top-flight side.
Romelu Lukaku will be looking to add to his tally this season. He has already scored 13. The striker on loan from Chelsea has played a key part in the Mersyside club’s good fortunes this season.
I can’t see past Everton for this one. They were very impressive against Arsenal last week, and a run of six straight wins, just proves how good they’ve been.
Sunderland 0-2 Everton.
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