Event Date: April 20, 2013 16:00 CET
This Saturday, Sunderland will welcome Everton to the Stadium of Light where they will play out their Round 34 match of the Barclays Premier League.
Inspired by the appointment of their new manager Paolo Di Canio, the hosts secured a huge win last weekend in the Tyne-Wear derby by thrashing Newcastle United 3-0 at St James’ Park. Such a dominating win against their fierce rivals must have boosted the confidence of the Black Cats players significantly, and they now seem to be in a strong position to avoid the drop.
The win over the Magpies ended a drought of nine games without a win for Sunderland and also humiliated those who had disagreed with their new (and highly eccentric) boss’ appointment.
Everton have won three of their last five games with the other two being respectable draws against the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal. They sit in sixth place with 56 points and still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four. However, to do that, this game against Sunderland is a must-win assignment because just five games are left for them this season.
Sunderland have a long injury list that contains names such as Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Lee Cattermole and Craig Gardner. Titus Bramble and Connor Wickham are doubtful. Everton’s only injury absentee is Tony Hibbert.
The last time these two met, Everton triumphed 2-1 at their own Goodison Park. Paolo Di Canio may have lifted the Black Cats’ morale but the truth is that last week they faced a struggling side and this weekend they will face a side that is in top form. The play here is to back Everton with Betsson’s DrawNoBet option at a return of 1.52.