Sunderland return to action for the first time since their resounding win at the home of champions Chelsea. Hoping that it will not be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show, Steve Bruce will have drilled into his players the importance of following up last week’s performance with another strong showing. Darren Bent may be available after resuming training during the international break, although Bruce has denied that the England forward will walk back into the side if fit.
Everton lacked a little cutting edge against Arsenal last week. A late flurry, brought on by Tim Cahill’s scrambled goal nearly completed a set of three good results at home against big opposition in the last six weeks.
Both sides are sitting pretty at this stage of the season, however a victory here will be key to any ambitions for greater prizes this term. That Sunderland can afford to leave out prolific Darren Bent from the starting line-up is indicative of trength in depth that Everton cannot match. With this, good form and home support behind them, Sunderland should prevail here.