Lee Cattermole

Everton v Sunderland Preview

by Stuart Vose

We look ahead to Saturday’s game.

Sunderland meet Everton on Saturday with the Black Cats looking for a first league win at Goodison Park since 1996.

The two sides met four times last season, with Sunderland’s 1-1 draw on Merseyside in the FA Cup with Budweiser snapping a run of four straight defeats at the home of the Toffees.

Sunderland’s last victory over Everton came at the Stadium of Light back in December 2001 thanks to a lone Claudio Reyna goal.

The Toffees have made an excellent start to their record 109th top-flight season and currently sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League with 17 points from their first 10 games.

They have won four, drawn five and lost just one (0-2 at West Brom) of those games, scoring 19 goals along the way.

However, each of the Blues’ last four games have been drawn – a sequence which they have produced just three times in 10 years.

Since the inception of the Barclays Premier League, Everton have never drawn five league games in a row.

Saturday’s game will be the 173rd between the two clubs. Everton hold the upper hand historically with 76 wins to Sunderland’s 66. A further 30 meetings have ended all square.

The fixture will see Louis Saha return to his old club having made 115 appearances in Everton blue between September 2008 and January of this year.

Opta Facts

Everton’s victory over the Black Cats back in April was the first time Martin O’Neill had suffered defeat in a Barclays Premier League head to head with David Moyes (W3 D6 L1).

Everton have attempted 200 shots this season (inc. blocked), more than any other team in the league.

Everton have conceded first in each of their last five league games but haven’t lost any of them (1W 4D) – this is the first time this has ever happened in the Barclays Premier League.

After 782 Premier League games, Everton have a goal difference of +1 (993 goals scored, 992 conceded).