Sunderland had failed to take maximum points from their previous six Tyne-Wear derbies before Sunday’s stunning 3-0 victory. Paulo Di Canio’s arrival at the Stadium of Light has already helped the Black Cats end one barren run and now he’ll need to do the same ahead of Everton’s visit.
David Moyes’ side battled well for a goalless draw against Arsenal on Tuesday evening to keep them in the hunt for the coveted final Champions League spot. Everton will be confident of taking three points back from Wearside given their impressive record against Sunderland.
Everton’s 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture was the 19th consecutive game that Sunderland have failed to win against them.
Early goals have been a feature of Everton’s trips to Wearside. The average time of the first match goal in the Toffees’ past four visits to the Stadium of Light has come in the 18th minute.