Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Everton FC vs. Sunderland AFC

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, May 9th – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Sunderland 100/30

Match Preview

Mid-table Everton take on relegation threatened Sunderland in the Premier League‘s early kick off on Saturday afternoon. A win for Sunderland is vital if they want to beat the drop. The Black Cats are going to need to be at their best because Everton are not going to be rolled over easily in this one.

Everton come into the game in a confident mood, having lost only twice since early March, when they lost 2-0 to Stoke and then suffered defeat last week to Aston Villa in that 3-2 loss. Everton’s home form is somewhat impressive, having won seven this season, and they have not lost at home in the league since Boxing Day.

European football this season hasn’t done Everton many favours with league games that follow, with the Toffees falling short because of Europa League commitments hampering domestic form. Everton have won just four games after Europa League games, counting the group phase, last 32 and at the last 16 stage.

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Since the defeat to Dnipro they have lost just once, and recent results have elevated Everton up the table. At a time earlier in the season it looked as though they could’ve been embroiled in a relegation battle, so the extra rest time for the Toffees has often resulted in all three points, which is something Sunderland should be aware of.

A win could catapult Everton into the top half of the table providing Stoke fail to beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland come into this one with after a morale-boosting victory over Southampton last week and will want another to boost their survival chances.

Dick Advocaat has been in charge for five games and although those games have seen inconsistency, with a home loss to Crystal Palace and a draw away at Stoke, the Black Cats are still optimistic they can survive once again.

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Sunderland have only won twice on the road all season and are without an away victory in eight now, with their last coming in December at Newcastle.

Things need serious addressing now and a win for them is imperative as they have trips to Arsenal and Chelsea still to come as next week’s home game against Leicester looks crucial if they are to ensure they will play in the Premier League next season.

The reverse fixture saw a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light with Seb Larsson and Leighton Baines getting on the scoresheet.

Team News

Everton’s injury list features some first team regulars with Bryan Oviedo out for the rest of the season after a broken metatarsal. Plus Steven Pienaar (muscular) is out until the middle of May, while Tony Hibbert (knee) and Darren Gibson (metatarsal) will not be back before the end of the season.

Sunderland also have a few casualties with John O’Shea battling concussion with no return date and on loan Inter Milan midfielder Ricky Alvarez is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. But the good news is that Steven Fletcher and Wes Brown are due back and should be in the starting lineup and hoping to steer Sunderland clear from danger.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five: L/W/L/D/W

Key Stat: Roberto Martinez has only lost three times against Sunderland in the Premier League, twice as manager of Wigan Athletic and once as Everton manager.

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Key Player: Kevin Mirallas – The pacey winger has scored two in his last three and will look to continue firing in what could be his final season at Everton.

Score Prediction

Everton 3-0 Sunderland – Everton are thriving on confidence whilst the Black Cats are looking low, although they are more than capable of taking a point. Everton’s attack will hurt the Black Cats’ vulnerable defence and compile them to more misery as their time in the top flight could be drawing to a close.

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Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 34 – Liverpool, City and United to win

A full weekend of Premier League action means it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Last weekend saw Jamie Ives predict the correct result in two of the seven matches with one perfect score prediction.

It’s time for Lewis Addley to have a go and unravelling Gameweek 34’s action, as drama at either end of the Premier League table is set to continue this week.

Saturday, April 25th (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:45)

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Both these sides are still chasing a Champions League spot. The Saints have been solid at home this season and narrowly lost the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane. With just a point separating the sides in 6th and 7th, neither can afford to lose any ground in their push for Europe’s top competition.

Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur


Burnley vs. Leicester City

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Arguably the most important fixture of the weekend as these two will slog it out in their ongoing relegation battle.

Burnley are at the foot of the table, while Leicester are two points above in 18th, and a win for either of these sides would be a huge step towards safety.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City


Crystal Palace vs. Hull City 

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Palace have been a rejuvenated side since Alan Pardew took over and he has steadied them into mid-table. Steve Bruce’s Hull are fighting for their Premier League status and are on 28 points in 17th, so a loss for them will make things very difficult in the run in and they can easily slip back into the bottom three depending on other results this week.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Hull City


Newcastle United vs. Swansea City 

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The Swans have had an impressive season and barring a disastrous final five games they should easily finish in the top ten. There isn’t much to say about Newcastle’s shambolic season. The Toon Army should stay up given they are seven points above the relegation zone, but they will want the end of the season to come as quickly as possible to rebuild for next campaign.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Swansea City


Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United 

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The first of two London derbies this weekend. Sam Allardyce has done a fine job of keeping West Ham in mid-table this season and will be expecting another tough game this weekend. QPR are in the relegation slog and sit 19th, so Chris Ramsey needs his side to take all three points here. Loftus Road is never an easy place to go and this one could be fiery with so much at stake for The R’s.

Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 2-1 West Ham United

Stoke City vs. Sunderland 

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Mark Hughes will be pushing his side to finish as high as possible in the league in the remaining five games. Sunderland are definitely in the relegation fight and on 29 points need to put some distance between them and the four sides below them.

Prediction: Stoke City 2-1 Sunderland


West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool 

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West Brom look as if they have done enough to retain their Premier League status for next season. This game has far more importance for Liverpool and after their disappointing FA Cup semi-final performance last weekend at Wembley they have to keep the pressure on Manchester City in fourth if they stand any chance of playing Champions League football next season.

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Liverpool


Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (17:30)

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Tim Sherwood has bought Villa back from the dead this season and has now guided them to the FA Cup final, which nobody would have predicted. He clearly has the dressing room behind him and looks as if he should keep this side up. By stark contrast, Manuel Pellegrini’s season has gone from bad to worse. His City side are now fighting to keep a Champions League place when they should be fighting for the title. Although this should be a City win it could be the surprise result of the weekend.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Vila


Sunday, April 26th 

Everton vs. Manchester United (13:30)

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Manchester United could finish the weekend in second place if Sunday afternoon’s game between Arsenal and Chelsea goes their way. Louis Van Gaal has got his side playing well and they will be force next season. Roberto Martinez’s side will be disappointed with their season and finishing mid-table is not what they would have been hoping for. The Europa League was clearly a distraction and we can expect to see a better Everton side again without it next campaign.

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester United


Arsenal vs. Chelsea (16:00)

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This is the standout fixture of the weekend but we can’t be expecting too much from this game. Jose Mourinho has never lost to Arsene Wenger as Chelsea boss and given how defensive his side have been over the last few weeks we can expect them to set up not to lose. Any chance Arsenal have on challenging Chelsea for the title lays on this game, but it looks a little too late.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: The Stadium of Light – Sunday, April 5th – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw 11/5 – Newcastle United 2/1

Match Preview

Sunderland play host to Newcastle United this Sunday in the Tyne-Wear Derby with nine points separating the sides.

The Black Cats desperately need to pick up points now as they want to avoid the possibility of being dragged into the bottom three of the Premier League. Their fight for survival can take a huge step in the right direction if they can win this one as they are just one point above the drop with eight games to play.

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The Toon Army haven’t lived up to expectations this season and look like they’re going to end mid-table. They might not have too much to play for in the league but will want a strong run in to attract players this summer to rebuild for next campaign, starting with a victory over their bitter rivals.

Sunderland are without a win in seven league games and have registered just one win in their last 13 so something is going to need to change if the Black Cats are to pick up all three points.

A win in this one will lift spirits sky high but given their recent run of form, the chances of that happening look slim for Dick Advocaat’s men.

Newcastle’s form hasn’t been an awful lot better, winning just one of their last seven league games and losing their last three on the bounce as John Carver is struggling to get his players to perform to full potential.

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Sunderland haven’t lost this fixture since 2011, winning four of the last six meetings and will be hoping they can continue that unbeaten record in the derby come Sunday evening.

Newcastle will be itching to put that run to an end at the Stadium of Light and their ever-optimistic fans will feel this is a good opportunity to heap some more misery on their struggling rivals.

Team News

Sunderland have four injury concerns to deal with. Wes Brown, Ricardo Alvarez, Will Buckley (all knee) and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are set to miss out. The Black Cats will be hoping Jermaine Defoe can give them something to cheer about in attack, while Adam Johnson is in line to start after coming off the bench against West Ham last time out.

Newcastle have nine key players missing for this tie through injury and two suspensions. Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini are both serving bans. Cheik Tiote (knee), Steven Taylor (calf), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara (both knee) are all sidelined. John Carver’s options are so limited, but we can expect Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat to be paired at centre-back, with Jack Colback likely to start at left-back.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: D/L/D/L/L

Newcastle United’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: Newcastle haven’t won this fixture since 2011 and need to put that run to an end.

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Key Player: Jack Colback – The ex-Sunderland man will be returning to the Stadium of Light for the first time since leaving on a free transfer to his boyhood club Newcastle. He famously scored for Sunderland against the Magpies in last season’s fixture and could play a vital role and write himself into Newcastle folklore in this one.

Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-2 Newcastle – The Toon Army will put that winless run in this fixture to bed in a typically heated tie against their struggling rivals to pile the misery on Dick Advocaat and his Black Cats.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs Sunderland 

Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, March 21 – 17:30 GMT (13:30 ET)

Match Odds: West Ham 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – Sunderland 7/2

Match Preview

West Ham play host to relegation strugglers Sunderland in the Saturday night Premier League clash in what is a huge game for both managers.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is feeling the heat from the board and needs a result to stop a dire run of form, which sees West Ham without a win in eight in all competitions.

Newly appointed Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat takes the reigns for the first time after replacing Gus Poyet earlier this week and it’s important that Advocaat makes a good start to his tenure as Sunderland look to avoid the drop.

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West Ham haven’t won a home game in the Premier League since January 18th in a 3-0 win against Hull. A home win is much needed and there is potentially no better time to play Sunderland after they dramatically lost 4-0 to Aston Villa last weekend.

However, it could also be the worst time to play them, as anything but a win on Saturday will leave people once again asking questions of ‘Big Sam’, and a great start to the season has seemingly been undone by recent results.

West Ham’s home record in the Premier League: P15, W7, D3, L5

Gus Poyet’s departure on Monday sees Dick Advocaat come into the save the Black Cats from relegation despite the fact that Sunderland aren’t in the relegation places at the moment, although they sit just one point above the drop zone.

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The sacking of Poyet looked inevitable, even during the 4-0 loss last weekend to Aston Villa. But can Advocaat produce the results?

The main task Advocaat has is trying to motivate his squad to perform on Saturday, and the fact the game is live on Sky Sports will mean there is no room for embarrassment again.

Sunderland’s away record in the Premier League: P14, W2, D7, L5

The reverse fixture ended in 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light back in December, with goals coming from Jordi Gomez and Stewart Downing.

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Team News

West Ham’s Enner Valencia will be hoping to recover from a foot injury that forced him to miss the Arsenal game. James Tomkins, Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll are all unavailable, while Winston Reid faces a late fitness test. Carl Jenkinson is expected to come back into the side after being ineligible for the Arsenal game.

Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher isn’t expected to start after being forced off against Aston Villa but could feature. Adam Johnson has had his club suspension rescinded so is now available. Will Buckley is doubtful and Lee Cattermole will serve the last game of his suspension so he’s unavailable. Emanuele Giaccherini remains out with an ankle injury.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/L/L/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/L/D/L

Key Stat: West Ham haven’t won at home to Sunderland in the Premier League since April 2010.

Key Player: Diafra Sakho – The Senegalese striker is due a goal after going three games without one. Expect him to end that on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 2-0 Sunderland – Although the new Sunderland manager comes in fresh with ideas, success will take time and the Black Cats won’t end their run of seven games without a win in all competitions.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs Sunderland

Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, March 3rd – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Hull City: 11/10 – Draw: 23/10 – Sunderland: 12/5

Match Preview

Hull City play host to Sunderland on Tuesday night as both sides look for a vital three points in what should be a close match. With both teams losing at the weekend, it will important that they try to avoid defeat here.

Steve Bruce has turned it around somewhat in recent weeks as prior to the loss at Stoke on Saturday, they had won two on the bounce – the first time Hull had registered back-to-back wins in the Premier League this season.

Much of the lack of success has been blamed on his formation choice. Adopting a 3-5-2 for this campaign has seen the side struggle. However, injuries have not helped Bruce’s squad and they must now focus on trying to steer clear of the relegation zone as they currently sit just four points above it in 15th.

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Hull have to be confident coming into this fixture, however, as they look much more threatening than their opponents and won the reverse fixture 3-1 at the Stadium of Light back in December. The Tigers have received a boost going into the game as it is looking likely that Nikica Jelavic will be able to feature.

Hull City’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Gus Poyet hasn’t had the best season in the hot seat and after Sunderland’s recent form, his side has been pulled into the relegation scrap. They are just three points above the drop zone in 16th but know a win at Hull would propel them above their opponents.

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Sunderland have only won one of their last ten and have had an incredible seven 0-0 draws this term.

After the weekend’s match against Manchester United, Sunderland will be hoping for more time on the ball as they only managed 29% of possession on Saturday in that 2-0 loss.

Sunderland’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 2 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5

They were unfortunate to lose Wes Brown to a dubious red card, and the ban has since been rescinded so the centre-back will be able to play on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats have the second-worst form in the Premier League at the moment but must ensure they pick up at least a point against Hull in what is a real six-pointer at the bottom end of the table.

Team News

Hull City: Robert Snodgrass (knee), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and James Chester (shoulder) are all out. Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robbie Brady (calf) remain doubtful. Nikica Jelavic and Maynor Figueroa will face late fitness tests but should be available for selection. Dame N’Doye will expect to start after having to settle for a place on the bench at Stoke on Saturday.

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Sunderland: Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) is likely to miss the remainder of the season, while Billy Jones (ankle), Ricardo Alvarez (knock), Will Buckley (knee) and Jack Rodwell (calf) are all doubts for the game. Adam Johnson has been suspended by the club regarding issues away from football but Wes Brown will be available after his red card on Saturday was rescinded.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/D/L

Key Stat: Hull City have won the last four meetings between the two sides in all competitions. The last time Sunderland beat Hull, Steve Bruce was in charge of the Black Cats.

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Key Player: Dame N’Doye – The Senegalese striker has scored on the two occasions he has started for Hull City since joining in January. They have won both of those games too. He’s the one to watch.

Score Prediction

Hull City 0-0 Sunderland – Neither side can afford to lose this one as they both are in search of survival in the Premier League. That means it will be a tight, closely contested affair with little to separate them. Sunderland are the draw specialists in the Premier League and could settle for an eighth goalless draw of the season.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 21

After a break for the FA Cup third round, the Premier League returns this weekend and that means a member of the MLSGB team has to step up and try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Louis East called seven correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Lewis Addley will try and call some tricky matchups in what should be another entertaining weekend.

Here’s this weeks Premier League predictions:

Saturday 10 January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated)

Sunderland vs Liverpool (12:45) 

The reverse fixture saw this game end level 0-0 at Anfield, a disappointing result as Liverpool will still believe they are fighting for a Champions League spot. The Stadium of Light has been a tough place to visit this season with Sunderland already taking points from league leaders Chelsea. We can expect a cagey affair with Sunderland looking to cause an upset again.

Prediction: 1-1

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Burnley vs Queens Park Rangers 

Both of these sides look set for the battle to avoid relegation until the end of the season now and it’s a real six pointer. Burnley have found some form of late and can take heart from battling back from 2-0 down away at Manchester City. QPR have been hit with a flooded training ground this week and that has dampened their preparations no end. QPR have lost every away game this season so far in the league, so we can expect much of the same.

Prediction: 2-1

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United 

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Mourinho needs a response from his players and fast after some poor form over the last few weeks. Having already lost the away fixture last month they will need to win this to ensure they remain top of the table. Home form has been solid from Mourinho’s men and it should be three points.

Prediction: 3-1

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Everton vs Manchester City 

Everton haven’t lived up to their expectations this season and City will be looking to kill this game early. The champions have continued to close the gap on Chelsea and will be smelling blood and looking to top the table for the first time this season. Roberto Martinez needs a reaction from his side and they must prove they have what it takes to challenge the top teams once again.

Prediction: 1-2

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Leicester City vs Aston Villa 

Both these sides have been inconsistent so far this campaign which could leave us with an entertaining tie. Leicester are unbeaten in their last couple of league games and have avoided defeat picked up four points in their last two games. They have to be favourites.

Prediction: 2-1

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Swansea vs West Ham United 

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Swansea will be without goal machine Wilfried Bony, away at the African Cup of Nations, who could have played his last game for the side amidst reports of Manchester City chasing his signature. The Swans are happily sitting ninth in the league and will be keen to push for all three points. West Ham have had a bit of a step back to reality in the past couple of weeks as their top four push has been halted. This should be a feisty affair.

Prediction: 3-2

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West Bromwich Albion vs Hull City

Just a point separates these two sides who both look set for a nervy period towards the back end of the season. Having reached the halfway mark neither side looks safe and it is surely another six pointer. Hull will need another performance like the one that saw them win 2-0 against Everton last time out while Albion need to take their goalscoring form of the cup into the game after firing seven past minnows Gateshead last weekend. Tony Pulis to get off to a fine start in the league.

Prediction: 2-1

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (17:30)

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Spurs head into this game on cloud nine after their brilliant performance over Chelsea. Palace, who fear nobody at Selhurst Park, need to be at their best and must stop striking sensation Harry Kane. One thing we know for sure is he will be at the forefront as usual if Spurs are to take all three points in Alan Pardew’s first league outing as Palace boss.

Prediction: 1-3

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Arsenal vs Stoke City (13:30)

Arsene Wenger’s men need to take all three points from this tie to ensure they keep the pace in the race for the top four. They will need to keep it tight at the back compared to their dreadful start in the reverse fixture where they conceded after just one minute. They should gain revenge from that game here though.

Prediction: 2-0 

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Manchester United vs Southampton (16:00)

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This could be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. We can expect an attacking mentality from both sides. Southampton can consider themselves unlucky in the reverse fixture whereby they were killed off by some clinical finishing. Louis Van Gaal’s impact has been good so far at United and although he will be wary of the Saints, he will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side.

Prediction: 3-1 

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How do you think Gameweek 21 will shape up in the Premier League?