Sunderland welcome Everton to the stadium of light knowing a win ensures their safety.

Another sell out crowd is expected as Sunderland look to capture Premier league safety for another year; which would also send local rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City down to the Championship.

The form

Sunderland are coming off the back of an excellent performance and a massive three points against Chelsea last Saturday. The Black Cats have only lost once in nine games and that loss came to newly crowned champions Leicester City.

Everton however, have won just once in their last nine attempts; losing five and drawing three.

Team news and injuries

Sunderland defender Lamine Kone will be fit to start tonight after picking up a knock in his last match. Billy Jones remains the only absentee to the Sunderland squad.

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My predicted lineup remains the same as it has for the past few weeks now. Apart from the fact that Sunderland played only a few days ago against Chelsea, Black cats boss Sam Allardyce has no reason to change the squad, especially in the penultimate game of the season.

Unfortunately for Everton, they have been hit with an injury ridden season. Seamus Coleman and Gareth Barry could return after a spell out the side for both. Ramiro Funes Mori is available for selection after being sent off for a horrible tackle on Divock Origi in the Merseyside derby last month.

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Funes Mori will no doubt go straight back into the Everton side to pair with John Stones. I can’t see Coleman being risked with Everton having nothing but pride to play for. Kevin Mirralas will most likely play after his goal against Leicester at the weekend.

It’s going to be important for the players to guard against complacency tonight against an Everton side who may have had a hit and miss season, but have a good bunch of players who can easily punish you if switched off. I don’t think Allardyce will allow all of our hard work to be undone from the Chelsea game last weekend.

The fans are going to play another massive part in the game tonight and it’s important for everyone to get behind the lads. One thing I’ve noticed is the amount of supporters who tend to leave the stadium ten minutes before the 90, no matter what the score is. I understand people may have to leave for different reasons but the amount who do is inexcusable. My message to you fans who have a habit of doing this is just to stay in your seats and get behind the players. Let’s create a similar atmosphere to Saturday and do all we can to ensure we remain safe from relegation.

Ha’way the lads!

  • Referee: Anthony Taylor 
  • Expected Attendance: Sell out 
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