Sunderland v Everton tips: More misery for Black Cats
Sunderland sit on one point after three games and this situation won't be improving by the time the final whistle blows tonight.
September 12th, 2016
Were any Sunderland fans really expecting a better start to the 2016/17 campaign? If so, then they will have been bitterly disappointed. Indeed, had the Black Cats suffered relegation to the Championship last season as looked pretty likely at one stage, then at least they could have been winning games, albeit at a lower level. One feels that the inevitable has only been delayed for twelve months.
Sunderland’s arch-rivals Newcastle made the drop to the second tier instead and one could argue that the Magpies have more reason to be cheerful, at least so far. OK so it far too early for alarm bells to be ringing just yet, however one feels that an air of inevitability already pervades at the Stadium of Light and that relegation is already high in the thoughts both at boardroom level and in the stands.
As we say, only three games have been played and it is perhaps unfair to be speaking of such things. Let us instead concentrate on the matter in hand. Indeed, Sunderland have a chance to get some more points on the board tonight when they entertain Everton although at the risk of sounding negative once again, we’re of the opinion that the dark clouds of yet another defeat will once again be descending upon the home team.
Much was expected from new boss David Moyes however he has so far failed to deliver, unlike Everton’s Ronald Koeman who has steered his Toffees side to two wins and a draw in his three Premier League games in charge. A Stoke City own-goal from goalie Shay Given was the only difference between Everton and the Potters in their last outing but three points are three points irrespective of how they are earned and a more convincing win should be the order of the day when the Toffees take to the field in the North East tonight.
Everton certainly have plenty of talent in their ranks and Koeman will be demanding a thorough performance from the likes of Ross Barkley, Bolaise and of course Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker certain to add fear into the ranks of a less-than-solid Sunderland defence.
Can the hosts actually get anything from this match? We don’t think so, not even a consolation goal or two. This in no way means that we will be witnessing a shortage of goals in this match and we predict that Over 2.5 goals will be the way forward in this match at odds of Evens with Bet365. Why? Well there are numerous reasons, mainly that while Everton’s last four outings away from home have returned over 2.5 goals, there have also been more than this amount scored at Sunderland’s last three Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light. Add to this the fact that Everton are enjoying some excellent form at the moment and Sunderland have been ravaged by a few injuries and it is little wonder that we’ll be backing Everton to win and over 2.5 goals at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Should we look at goalscorers? Why not, given that we have a pretty tasty option at out fingertips. Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored for the Toffees in six months, however he banged in a couple against Cyprus for his national side. Will his bad run come to an end tonight? At juicy odds of 11/2 with William Hill on the First Goalscorer market we’ll be sincerely hoping that it does!
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