Anyone thinking about making a bet on the basis of the last time these two met might want to think again. Let’s set the scene. It’s May and Sunderland are in flying form. They sweep Everton aside with absolute ease. This is Sunderland at their very best. This is Sunderland digging their nails in, fighting against the throes of relegation. It’s late-season Sunderland.
Early-season Sunderland are traditionally poor, if you look at the last few seasons. This season is following that pattern. Only one point from three matches, not the best form to take into a match against an Everton team sitting fourth after three games.
If David Moyes and his boys are to get a win against the Toffees, their best bet is to keep things tight. Monday night fixtures are rarely dull but we expect this to be cagier than Nicolas Cage in a steel cage match against little-known-but-recently-Googled rapper Cage.