Everton v Sunderland Tips – Can Black Cats grab another lifeline?
Sunderland will be desperate for another win on Sunday. Was last week just a blip or a sign of a turnaround?
October 30th, 2015
Derby games rarely turn out as expected and the form book may as well be thrown away on such occasions. So it proved last week when a winless Sunderland thrashed Newcastle 3-0, their sixth successive win over their arch-rivals. Admittedly, the Magpies were by far the better team in the first half and the sending off certainly had a huge impact on the final result, however a win is a win and the Black Cats will be hopeful of building on last weekend’s result as they desperately attempt to climb away from the relegation zone.
Sam Allardyce for one will be looking to prove that the Tyne-Wear derby win wasn’t a flash in the pan and his side looked a revelation as they swept aside their opponents in front of the long-suffering home fans. The feel-good factor will continue should they succeed in climbing out of the bottom three.
Perhaps now could be a great time to be facing Everton. The Toffees head into this match on the back of successive defeats in the Premier League, however they squeezed past Norwich City in their midweek Capital One Cup fixture.
Nevertheless, Roberto Martinez will be feeling the pressure and a degree of consistency is desperately needed should the Toffees wish to move closer to the top six. Admittedly their last three outings have seen them face Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, although with the side sitting mid-table, the Goodison faithful will be demanding nothing short of three points against what is still a poor Sunderland side.
Everton have utterly dominated this fixture for the last decade and will be eager to return to winning ways and inflict upon the Black Cats their seventh Premier League defeat in their last eleven outings. Goodson Park is still a very formidable stadium for visiting teams to obtain a decent result and although a slightly rejuvenated Sunderland may fancy their chances on Sunday, we expect the home side to grind out a narrow win on home soil.
BETTING TIPS – Everton to win, both teams to score – Boylesports 9/4