David Moyes will feel a win is overdue after watching his side string together four consecutive draws, with the one at Fulham last week particularly frustrating.
Sunderland have failed to win any of their last 15 Premier League games against Everton, a record they will be desperate to put right following their poor start to the season.
Martin O’Neil watched as his side lost 1-0 at home to Villa last weekend, a result which saw his team get booed off the pitch at the final whistle.
O’Neil will however take comfort from his own personal record against Moyes, losing just one of his ten Premier League clashes with the Scot.
Everton have no new injury concerns, with only Darron Gibson set to miss out once more with a thigh problem, although he is thought to be close to a return, possibly before the end of the month.
Louis Saha is in contention to start for Sunderland, against the club he left in January. The 34-year-old is yet to get off the mark for his new club.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Sunderland