Everton vs Sunderland Carabao Cup Match Preview :
Everton’s woes continued on Sunday as they were battered 4-0 away to Manchester United, and whilst that scoreline could be considered slightly harsh on them, it’s unquestionable that they’re in a bad place at the moment.
That defeat followed on from a 3-0 beating they took in Italy in midweek, to make it four defeats on the bounce in all competitions. They haven’t won any of their last six competitive games either, with their early season Europa League victories and a 1-0 win over Stoke being their only notable achievements this season.
It isn’t that much of a surprise really, even though Ronald Koeman has spent a huge sum of money this summer. They lost their main firepower in Romelu Lukaku over the summer and failed to bring in a quality replacement, and the injury to Ross Barkley means they were always likely to struggle for goals. The Toffees have scored just seven goals this season in ten competitive matches.
Sunderland aren’t in the best of shape either though. The recently relegated north east outfit have won just one of their eight Championship games so far and have averaged just one goal per game in all competitions.
The Black Cats’ most recent outing was a 1-1 draw away to Hull to make it one win, two draws, and four defeats in their last seven games. With both of these teams struggling severely up front we could be in for a rather dull contest on Wednesday.
Match Details :
Date: Wednesday, 20th September 2017
Time : 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Goodison Park (Liverpool).
TV Broadcast : Will not be televised in UK and probably in India too.
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Team News :
Everton : The pressure keep mounting on Ronald Koeman after his team fell to a humbling 4-0 defeat at Manchester United this weekend. The Toffees had now go on a win-less streak of 6 games, with the latest four being defeats without scoring. However, 3 of those defeats came away from home and they will be happy to get back to Goodison Park.
Everton have a decent record at home this season. The last fixture was a 0-3 loss to Tottenham, but they won 3 on the bounce with clean sheets prior to this.
James McCarthy is a major doubt and is unlikely to be risked, whilst Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, and Ross Barkley are still injured. We could see some squad rotation, although it’s likely that Ronald Koeman will welcome the extra game, as he continues to try and gel his team together.
Sunderland : Sunderland are coming on the back of a four match win-less run. They drew with Hull City on the weekend before losing three in a row. Moreover, the team managed just 1 win from the last 7, which came in the second round of the cup competition at Carlisle United. It is evident that the team is struggling to perform at consistent level.
Dunca Watmore is nearing a return to action but this could come a little too soon, whilst Paddy McNair and Josh Maja are both sidelined too. Other than that The Black Cats are expected to field as strong a side as possible on Wednesday.
Everton vs Sunderland: Head-to-head
The last 11 meetings between the two sides have all come at the English Premier League and only one of those games end in a draw. Everton won 6 of them as against Sunderland’s 4.
At the Goodison Park, Everton lost just twice in their last 17 meetings with Sunderland. However, the defeats came not long ago – in consecutive seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15. The Toffees won 12 games during the period, with remaining three ending in scored draws.
Everton vs Sunderland Stats :
Everton have averaged just 0.7 goals per game this season in all competitions, whilst Sunderland have managed 1.11 per match. 75% of Everton’s home games have seen fewer than three goals, as have 50% of Sunderland’s trips away.
Everton vs Sunderland: Prediction
Despite League Cup not being Everton’s priority, Ronald Koeman would want his team to respond positively following an array of defeats. Sunderland themselves are in poor shape. Combining this with their poor record at the Goodison Park, the Toffees are in a perfect position to record overdue win.
Everton have a decent record at home and kept 3 clean sheets from their four home matches at the Goodison Park this season. But Sunderland, despite their four match barren run had lost just once in 6 road games this season and have scored in 5 of those.
We are expecting both managers to rotate their squad heavily to keep key players fit for more important fixtures. Therefore, both sides could be out of fluidity and both teams to score look like a decent proportion to me. This is further consolidated while considering Sunderland had scored in 4 of their last 5 visits to the Goodison Park.