Everton host drab Sunderland at Goodison Park.
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Sunderland’s statistics don’t make great reading for the purists after ten games of this season. The Black Cats have scored just six goals, five of which have come from £12m summer signing Steven Fletcher and the other from from Newcastle’s Demba Ba – his own goal handing the Senagelese the unfortunate honour of being the Black Cats’ top scorer for October.
Everton meanwhile have drawn four consecutive games, putting something of a dampener on their uncharacteristically good start. David Moyes will hope his side can get back to winning ways at Goodison Park, particularly with a tough-looking run of fixtures on the horizon.
Venue Goodison Park, Saturday 3pm
Last season Everton 4 Sunderland 0
Referee Lee Mason
This season’s matches 6 Y20, R0, 3.33 cards per game
Odds Everton 8-15 Sunderland 6-1 Draw 3-1
fanatix predicted line-ups
Subs from Mucha, Gibson, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Duffy, Oviedo, Garbutt, Gueye, McAleny
Injured Anichebe (hamstring, 17 Nov), Gibson (thigh, 17 Nov), Hibbert (calf, 17 Nov)
Form guide DDDDWW
Disciplinary record Y20 R1
Leading scorer Fellaini 5
Subs from Westwood, Gardner, Saha, McClean, Bramble, Wickham, Campbell, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Ji, Reed
Doubtful Bramble (thigh), McFadden (hamstring), Rose (calf)
Injured Brown (knee, unknown)
Form guide LDDLWD
Disciplinary record Y12 R0
Leading scorer Fletcher 5
Everton are unbeaten against Sunderland in their last 15 Premier League encounters, since a 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light in December 2001,winning 11 times.
The Toffees have won the last five Premier League home games against Sunderland.
The Black Cats have failed to score on their last three league visits to Goodison Park.
Sunderland are the only side yet to hit the bar or post this season while Everton have done it on the most occasions (11).
Everton have conceded first in their past five games but have not lost any of them – the first time this has happened in the Premier League.
After 782 Premier League games, Everton have a goal difference of +1, having scored 993 goals and conceded 992.
The Toffees have drawn their last four Premier League games – three by a 2-2 scoreline. If they draw against Sunderland it will equal the club’s top-flight record of five draws – set three times before, most recently in 1977.
David Moyes’s side have lost just one of their last 19 league matches.
Everton are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League home games.
The Merseysiders have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games.
Sunderland are without a goal in eight hours and nine minutes of football in all competitions.
Sunderland have had 34 shots on target, at least 13 fewer than any other side.
Steven Fletcher has scored five of their six league goals this season – the other was an own goal by Newcastle’s Demba Ba in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Martin O’Neill’s men have won just one of their last 17 league games.
They are without a win in their last 12 Premier League away games since a 1-0 victory at Stoke in February.