The Everton starting XI to beat Sunderland…

Everton fans will feel fairly confident going into tonight’s Premier League clash with Sunderland.

The Black Cats have taken just one point from their first three league fixtures of the season and are still searching for their first top flight win under new manager David Moyes.

But the Toffees need to take this fixture seriously, especially away from home.

Indeed, it’s actually Sunderland who boast the better record in terms of recent encounters, winning three and drawing two of their last six meetings with the Merseysiders.

Likewise, if there’s anybody who knows Everton’s inherent weaknesses, it’s Moyes – who reigned over Goodison Park for more than a decade before leaving for Manchester United.

Therefore, it’s imperative Everton gaffer Ronald Koeman gets his starting XI exactly right for tonight’s game.

And in case the Toffees boss is in need of some advice, we’ve come up with the Everton XI that WILL claim all three points at the Stadium of Light this evening.

GOALKEEPER – MAARTEN STEKELENBURG

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Maarten Stekelenburg has enjoyed a solid start to his Everton career, yet to concede more than one goal in a game, and is a safe pair of hands between the sticks. Unquestionably, he’ll start tonight.

RIGHT-BACK – SEAMUS COLEMAN

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Mason Holgate has earned rave reviews in the opening weeks of the season but after featuring for Ireland last Monday, the time is right to bring Seamus Coleman back into the starting XI. He’s one of the

He’s one of the best attacking full-backs in Europe, let alone the Premier League, when in top form.

CENTRE-BACK – PHIL JAGIELKA

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Everton’s captain and most experienced centre-half, Phil Jagielka will be at the heart of defence once again tonight. One concern, however, is whether Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe will catch him for pace on the counter-attack.

One concern, however, is whether Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe will catch him for pace on the counter-attack.

CENTRE-BACK – ASHLEY WILLIAMS

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Ashley Williams looked solid alongside Jagielka against Stoke City two weekends ago and is a good partner for the England man, offering relative speed and quality on the ball. He could be a better candidate for keeping Defoe in check.

He could be a better candidate for keeping Defoe in check.

LEFT-BACK – LEIGHTON BAINES

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Last season was tough for Leighton Baines but the cultured full-back is enjoying a strong start to the current campaign, averaging 2.7 tackles and one created chance per match. He offers Everton rare quality of delivery on the overlap.

He offers Everton rare quality of delivery on the overlap.

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD – IDRISSA GUEYE

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Everton’s swoop for Idrissa Gueye initially raised some eyebrows but the stats speak for themselves – namely a whopping 5.7 tackles per match. The Senegal star’s speedy

The Senegal star’s speedy play breaking could be an integral asset for the Toffees in matches like tonight’s, when they’re expected to dominate away from home.

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD – GARETH BARRY

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Gareth Barry may be 35 years of age but he still offers Everton plenty in the middle of the park, specifically great experience, intelligence and guile. Fortunately,

Fortunately, Gueye’s got the energy to compensate for Barry’s ageing legs.

ATTACKING MIDFIELD – ROSS BARKLEY

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Ross Barkley remains Everton’s intrinsic link to the final third and he’s certainly produced so far this season, claiming one goal and one assist in three Premier League outings. Sunderland

Sunderland look set to sit deep tonight, so his ability to shoot from long range could be what breaks the deadlock.

RIGHT WING – YANNICK BOLASIE

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Yannick Bolasie still has some way to go before justifying his price-tag but the Congo winger brings a lot to Everton’s starting XI, particularly width and directness in the final third. He could run riot against Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt, who isn’t the strongest defensively.

He could run riot against Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt, who isn’t the strongest defensively.

LEFT WING – AROUNA KONE

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Our wildcard suggestion for tonight’s game but with some logic behind it. Arouna Kone boasts three goals and one assist from two outings against Sunderland, including a hat-trick at Goodison Park last season. With Romelu Lukaku yet to find the net this term and the Black Cats seriously struggling for form, adding another goal threat on the flank could prove a shrewd move from Ronald Koeman.

With Romelu Lukaku yet to find the net this term and the Black Cats seriously struggling for form, adding another goal threat on the flank could prove a shrewd move from Ronald Koeman.

STRIKER – ROMELU LUKAKU

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As aforementioned, Lukaku is still waiting for his first Premier League goal of the new campaign. But there’s no doubt the Belgium international is one of the most lethal strikers in the top flight and facing a ropy Sunderland side represents a fantastic chance to break his duck.

But there’s no doubt the Belgium international is one of the most lethal strikers in the top flight and facing a ropy Sunderland side represents a fantastic chance to break his duck.