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Premier League preview and odds: Everton vs. Sunderland


Published on: 30/10/2015

Last week’s 2-1 reverse to Arsenal saw them slip to 11th place in the league with 10 games gone leaving them seven points adrift of the coveted Champions League qualification positions. Defender Phil Jagielka, injured his knee during the clash with the Gunners and will face a significant spell on the side-lines.

Everton fans have been left frustrated by their team’s inconsistency this season and will be hoping for an improved display against one of the league’s worst performing teams.

Big Sam bags first win for Black Cats

It took just two games - and a maybe a little help from the referee - for Sam Allardyce to notch his first win on the Sunderland managerial bedpost. The fact that the opponents were Newcastle United will have made the victory wine taste even sweeter for the beaming Black Cats’ boss.

Sunderland will now be hoping that they can bottle that confidence and carry it all the way to Merseyside for Sunday’s showdown with wobbling Everton. Another victory could see the Mackems break out of the Premier League basement and take their place amongst the candidates for mid-table obscurity.

Team news

Argentinian Ramiro Funes Mori is expected to stand in for the injured Jagielka, who has joined Steven Pienaar, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines and Tony Hibbert in the treatment room.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are sweating on the fitness of defensive pair Younes Kaboul and John O’Shea who were both crocked in the triumph over Newcastle.

Recent form (League)

Everton: LLDWD

Sunderland: WLDLL

Betting odds and tips

Everton have been typically unpredictable this season and now face a Sunderland side with a spring in their step. The Allardyce effect has already kicked in and Sunderland’s future opponents can expect a much tougher ride.

With Everton reeling from two straight defeats and Sunderland on the rise, an away win suddenly looks plausible. You can back the Black Cats to steal the points at 13/2 with Bet365. Alternatively, the Sunderland/Draw Double Chance can be backed at 7/4 with Betfair.

Published on: 30/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (30/10/2015 13:25:04) but are subject to change.