Super Sunderland can add to Everton’s woes
After last week's impressive 3-0 away victory over Chelsea, Steve Bruce's Sunderland side have the perfect opportunity to keep up their assault on the European places as they welcome a struggling Everton side to The Stadium of Light.
Sunderland (13/8) were amazing in their dismantling of one of the best sides in the world last week. At home they are really hard to beat and since drawing 1-1 with Everton here last season, they lost just one of their next 16 league matches.
Everton (15/8) have struggled to find consistency this season and they have won just one of their last seven away league matches. They may take some heart from the fact they are unbeaten in 12 matches against the Wearsiders.
Sunderland also welcome back the free-scoring Darren Bent to proceedings to give Bruce a bit of a selection headache up front. Asamoah Gyan has scored four in his last three matches and they also have Danny Welbeck who adds a different dimension.
Bent and Gyan are both 9/2 to score first or 6/5 anytime. Sunderland do rely heavily on these two for goals though and they have only had four different names on the scoresheet this season, fewer than any other side. William Hill offer 2/1 that any player other than Bent or Gyan will score for Sunderland at any point in this match which looks a decent price.
Everton have also struggled to spread the goals around this season and have had to rely on just one man for goals, Tim Cahill. The Australian has six goals in the league this season, with Arteta the closest to him with just two goals. If you think Cahill will keep scoring he is 7/1 first or 2/1 anytime.
It looked as things were looking up for Everton over the last few weeks as they went on a seven-match unbeaten run. Although they may not have expected to get anything from Arsenal, it was the manner in which they played as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat that ended their unbeaten run.
David Moyes' admitted his side were 'boring' and when your three main strikers (Saha, Yakubu and Beckford) all have just two league goals between them in 13 matches, you know there is something wrong.
When you consider Everton's impotence in front of goal this season, the 6/4 on Sunderland to keep a clean sheet looks a cracking bet but the best price of the whole match has to be Sunderland to be the only team to score at 3/1 as a victory to nil looks very likely on paper.
Everton do have a fantastic history with Sunderland, winning 10 and drawing two of their last 12 meetings in all competitions but I think the form book is out the window in this match. The Mackems will be buzzing and the stadium should be bouncing.
Everton are low on goals and low on confidence and as they are just one point above the drop zone, another defeat here would surely pile the pressure on the shoulders of David Moyes.