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Goodison Park (ATT 35,999) 10th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

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Everton look to strengthen grip on fourth against struggling Sunderland

Last Updated: 09/11/12 2:42pm

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Everton have been firing in the shots this season but Sunderland must look to do more than just absorb punishment

Everton have been firing in the shots this season but Sunderland must look to do more than just absorb punishment

Everton will be targeting three points when they host goal-shy Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday.

David Moyes' men currently occupy the final UEFA Champions League place after an impressive start to the season but after four straight draws the manager may feel a win is overdue.

There are few teams Everton fans would prefer to be coming to town given Sunderland's appalling record against the Toffees.

Sunderland have won none of their last 15 Premier League games against Everton and they'll need to sharpen up in front of goal if they are to change that record at the weekend.

Although Steven Fletcher has five goals for the club, the only other player to score for the Black Cats is Newcastle forward Demba Ba who netted an own goal in the Wear-Tyne derby.

Martin O'Neill knows that issue must be addressed if he is to improve the deteriorating mood around the club and will perhaps take comfort in his own personal record against Moyes.

The Northern Irishman has lost just one of his 10 Premier League clashes with the Scot and a win here could see Sunderland move back to the safety of mid-table.

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The Toffees have few injury problems as they aim to strengthen their grip on fourth spot.

Darron Gibson is a only guaranteed absentee due to a thigh problem although he is closing in on a return to first-team action before the end of the month.

Tony Hibbert has lost his fitness battle and will join fellow squad player Victor Anichebe on the sidelines.

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Sunderland striker Louis Saha is looking for his first goal for the club and will be hoping to find it against the team he left in January.

The 34-year-old is pushing for a start given that no Sunderland player has found the net for Martin O'Neill's side in the last five games.

O'Neill could look to freshen things up and that means David Vaughan and Fraizer Campbell could also come into the reckoning.

Opta Facts

  • Everton have won 11 and lost none of their last 15 Premier League games with Sunderland.
  • The 4-0 victory by Everton in April over the Black Cats was the first time Martin O'Neill had suffered defeat in a Premier League head to head with David Moyes (W3 D6 L1).
  • The Black Cats have managed just 12 shots on target in the Premier League this season, at least 21 fewer than any other Premier League side (Aston Villa and Reading 33).

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Howard 24 Howard
  • Coleman 23 Coleman
  • Stones 26 Stones
  • Distin 15 Distin
  • Baines 3 Baines
  • Barkley 20 Barkley
  • Barry 18 Barry

  • Deulofeu 10 Deulofeu

  • Mirallas 11 Mirallas
  • McGeady 7 McGeady

  • Lukaku 17 Lukaku

Team taken from Everton vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 16th April 2014

  • Mannone 25 Mannone
  • Vergini 27 Vergini
  • O'Shea 16 O'Shea
  • Brown 5 Brown
  • Alonso 28 Alonso
  • Cattermole 33 Cattermole
  • Johnson A 11 Johnson A
  • Larsson 7 Larsson
  • Colback 14 Colback
  • Borini 31 Borini
  • Wickham 10 Wickham

Team taken from Sunderland vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 16th April 2014

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