Everton v Sunderland, Mon 15:00
After continuing their unbeaten run at Norwich over the weekend, Everton will be weary in their search of a fifth game without a loss when they play hosts to Sunderland on Monday, as Bet365 offer attractive odds on red hot Nicola Jelavic to score and take the points for the Toffees at Goodison.
Both sides earned a point from their Saturday fixtures with Sunderland running out a fairly uneventful 0-0 stalemate at the Stadium of Light while the Toffees presented a bit more of a show, drawing 2-2 at Carrow Road.
Both sides have undergone 2012 resurrections so far this year but while the hosts owe that to stern defence, Sunderland will be relying more on their strengths going forward in what promises to be an entertaining encounter that may decide who reaches European football next season.
David Moyes’ side just about edge their visitors as things stand, sitting in seventh with a one point advantage over Sunderland but will know that the slightest stumble could signal a drop due to an inferior goal difference.
After scoring three at the Etihad Stadium just over a week ago, Sunderland showed that they are more than capable of netting when performing away from home and considering the Goodison Park defence, the Black Cats will have to pounce on any seldom chance they may receive to come away with a result.
Martin O’Neill’s men have lost just three games in their last ten Premier League outings and will be in good spirits after drawing against Tottenham and the aforementioned City.
The North East outfit have scored an average of 1.31 goals per game this season and given Everton’s tendency to earn any victory by a gap of just one goal, that average could prove sufficient.
Nikica Jelavic was on target for Monday’s hosts in the Norwich match and will be hoping to record goals in consecutive games this week while Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon will be hoping to return to the goals for the visitors.