Everton v SunderlandEverton's last five games:
Goodison Park (Capacity: 40,157)
Saturday 10th November
15:00 UK time
Everton 3-1 Southampton (Osman, Jelavic x2)
Wigan 2-2 Everton (Jelavic, Baines Pen)
QPR 1-1 Everton (Cesar OG)
Everton 2-2 Liverpool (Osman, Naismith)
Fulham 2-2 Everton (Fellaini x2)Position: 4th - 17 pointsSunderland's last five games:
Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland
Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle (Ba OG)
Stoke 0-0 Sunderland
Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough - Capital One Cup
Sunderland 0-1 Aston VillaPosition: 16th - 9 pointsPreview
The visit of Sunderland to Goodison Park on Saturday marks the 174th meeting between the two sides and the history book doesn't make good reading for the away side.
The last time Sunderland beat Everton was the 22nd December 2001 with Claudio Reyna netting the only goal that day. The last time Sunderland beat Everton at Goodison Park came on the 30th November 1996 when they ran out 3-1 winners as Duncan Ferguson cancelled out Craig Russell's second half opener before Michael Bridges scored a late brace for the away side.
This will be the 15th meeting between David Moyes and Martin O'Neill. Moyes has a poor record against the current Sunderland manager with just one win in the 11 league meetings between the two coming in the last fixture at Goodison Park which ended 4-0, the other matches resulted in 6 draws and 4 defeats. However, he has got the better over O'Neill in the Fa Cup with a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in 2009 and victory in the quarter final replay last year at the Stadium of Light after a 1-1 draw in the original game.Sunderland
Sunderland fans went into the season full of optimism as Martin O'Neill steered them in the right direction taking over from Steve Bruce in December 2011 taking them from relegation candidates to pushing for top ten, though they narrowly missed out by 2 points at the end of the season.
Over the summer the signings of Steven Fletcher for a fee of £14m and highly rated Adam Johnson for £10m only increased optimism going into the new campaign. Fletcher scored 5 goals in his first four games for Sunderland earning him player of the month for September, however no Sunderland player scored a single goal in October as Adam Johnson has struggled to impose himself in the North-East.
This season, Sunderland have managed just 13 shots on target in the league which is less than half of the next team up. Along with this they have scored just 9 goals in their last 16 matches leading to just one victory (1-0 Wigan H) in their last 16 games. On the defensive side of their game they have conceded 9 goals in 9 games, only Arsenal have conceded less goals in the league.
Their last outing ended in an 1-0 defeat at home to another struggling outfit in Aston Villa. Sunderland managed just one shot on target as Agbonlahor scored the only goal in a rather dull affair.Everton
"Judge us after ten games" is what David Moyes said when asked whether Everton had made a good start to the season. Ten games gone and Everton have won four, drawn five and lost one after ten games and are currently sitting 4th in the table. A series of successive draws against Wigan, QPR, Liverpool and Fulham has slightly dampened spirits on the blue half of Merseyside but having gone behind in all of those games, Everton have shown character to gather 4 points with 3 of the games away from home. However if optimism is to continue, getting back to winning ways against Sunderland is vital.
Everton suffered a disappointing blow on Saturday as Sidwell grabbed a 90th minute equaliser in a match dominated by the away side. Stats show that Everton had 61% of possession compared to Fulham's 39%. Everton created 15 shots on target from 26 shots compared to Fulham who gathered 5 shots on target from a total of 8 shots. There were a lot of positives to take from the game as there won't be many teams who dominate as much at Craven Cottage this season which reflects the quality of the team. Still, a disappointing draw felt like a defeat after such a display and a sensational second half display from Marouane Fellaini who took his tally to 5 goals with two goals.
Everton have scored the fourth most goals this season with 19 in 10 games. However defensively Everton have been poor conceding 13 goals and conceding 2 goals a match 5 times already this season.
There have been 173 meetings between the two in the past. Below is a table of the match history:Injury concernshttp://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.phpEverton
V Anichebe - Illness - no return date
D Gibson - Thigh Muscle Strain - no return dateSunderland
W Brown - Knee Injury - no return date
T Bramble - Hip/Thigh Injury - no return date