Southampton 1-1 Sunderland (Jay Rodriguez – Jermain Defoe 1st goalscorer)
Everton 1-0 Stoke (Shay Given own goal)
Kick Off: 20:00, 12/09/16
Stadium: The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Head-to-head: Sunderland 3-0 Everton, Everton 6-2 Sunderland, Everton 0-2 Sunderland, Sunderland 1-1 Everton, Sunderland 0-1 Everton.
Sunderland: Out – Victor Anichebe, Fabio Borini, Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson, Vito Mannone
Doubtful – Billy Jones, Jordan Pickford
Everton: Out – Muhamed Basic, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy, Matthew Pennington
Doubtful – Tyias Browning, Tom Cleverley
- The draw @ 12/5
- Under 2.5 goals @ 3/4
- Over o.5 Sunderland goals between 75:01 and full-time @ 21/20
- Everton have won just two of their last seven encounters with Sunderland.
- Just one of the adversaries’ combined six league games so far have seen them score more than once.
- Three of Sunderland’s four outings this term included a goal netted between 75:01 and the end of proceedings.
A Look at Sunderland’s Betting Odds
Everton must have thought they’d finally put an end to seasons of disappointing results against Sunderland when thrashing the Black Cats 6-2 at Goodison Park last term, only for their long-time bogey-team to smash them up 3-0 on the run-in.
Betting against Ronald Koeman’s even-money favourites looks the best ploy once again, but while the Wearsiders’ win odds of 13/5 and double chance reckoning of 4/5 still seem unappealing given the Toffees’ solid start, the 12/5-rated draw beguiles.
Sunderland held a Southampton side not long out of Koeman’s tutelage to a share of the spoils last time out and against visitors only capable of scoring once from 16 efforts on goal against Stoke in their most recent fixture, David Moyes’ men can tough out an honourable stalemate.
A Look at Everton’s Betting Odds
The Koeman-masterminded 8-0 Southampton annihilation of the Black Cats in 2014 probably lives longer in the imagination than the Dutchman’s subsequent three duels with them whilst at the Saints’ rudder, but to invest in Everton’s win odds on the back of that result would be to have been mislead.
He has tasted success in just one of his last three clashes with Wearside’s finest. In each case his charges were able to muster no more than a single goal against the men in red and white.
As such under 2.5 total match goals is worth betting at 3/4.