Confirmed starting Xis: Sunderland vs Everton

Having fought their way back since claiming just three points in eight games under Dick Advocaat at the start of the season, Sunderland are now just one win away from ensuring their Premier League survival for another season.

Indeed, the Black Cats have been in solid form recently, losing just three of their last 14 games and picking up eight points from their last four – including an emphatic 3-2 comeback against fallen giants Chelsea last weekend.

With star striker Jermain Defoe enjoying a real swansong campaign, netting 15 times already this term, Sam Allardyce will fancy his chances of achieving mathematical safety this evening – especially upon facing an Everton side in disarray.

There’s no disgrace in losing to Premier League champions but the Toffees simply weren’t at the races against Leicester City last weekend and now look set to finish in the bottom half for the second season in a row.

Will the Merseysiders roll over again tonight? Will Allardyce compel relegation rivals Norwich and Newcastle to life in the Championship? Perhaps the official starting Xis, confirmed on Twitter just moments ago, can shed some light on the potential outcome…