Simon Mignolet

Keeper's Everton preview

by Stuart Vose

Mignolet ready to face Toffees.

Simon Mignolet expects a tough test against a familiar foe on Saturday.

The Belgian and his team-mates will face Everton at the Stadium of Light in Paolo Di Canio’s first home game in charge.

Sunderland and Everton faced each other four times last season as well as an encounter at Goodison Park earlier in the current campaign.

“It’s going to be difficult – Everton have very good players,” Mignolet said.

“If we are organised and play as a unit like we did at St James’ Park [last week], we’ll definitely have a chance.”

Mignolet will go head-to-head with a couple of his international team-mates this weekend – both of whom are likely to pose an attacking threat.

Towering midfielder Marouane Fellaini has scored 12 goals this season, while fellow Belgian Kevin Mirallas has added eight strikes.

“Of course there’s some Belgians in their squad who I know very well,” Mignolet added.

“It’s always a tough game when you play Everton – since I have been at Sunderland it’s never been anything different.

“Individually and as a team they are difficult opponents, but then again we don’t want to focus too much on the opposition.

“It’s about what we do and how we prevent them playing their football.”