Sunderland v Everton

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has only suffered relegation once in 25 years as a manager – at Notts County in 1997


Sunderland centre back Lamine Kone is fit to face Everton despite limping off against Chelsea at the weekend with a thigh injury.

Fellow defender Billy Jones is the only absentee for Wednesday’s game, when a Sunderland win would secure their Premier League status.

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is available after a three-game ban.

Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman could return from respective groin and hamstring injuries.


Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: “Our destiny is in our own hands. Now we must take full advantage of that position and try to finish it off on Wednesday.

“We need a repeat of the performance and support we had against Chelsea, particularly in the second half. Don’t come to the Stadium of Light with the expectation that it’s job done because it isn’t.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “There is a lot riding on the game for us after the performance we had (at Leicester). We need to react and we need to perform in the highest possible level.

“It is good that we have a game around the corner but the importance of our performance is as big as you could feel we had in any other day in the season.”

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  • Sunderland’s only win in their last 10 Premier League home matches against Everton came in April 2013 (W1, D4, L5). The Black Cats scored just six goals in those matches.
  • Everton won this season’s reverse fixture 6-2, with Arouna Kone scoring a hat-trick.


  • Sunderland will secure their safety, and relegate Newcastle and Norwich, by beating Everton.
  • They won for only the second time in 10 league games at the expense of Chelsea on Saturday (W2, D6, L2).
  • It is two years since they last managed successive home wins in the Premier League.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored 15 league goals this season. Without his goals, Sunderland would be 14 points worse off.


  • They have only won once in nine league games, drawing three and losing five.
  • Everton have earned more points away (24) than at home (20) this season.
  • Romelu Lukaku is without a goal in his last eight league and cup appearances.

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