PL Sunday preview: New Forest derby; Sunderland looks for second win

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Sunday hosts two matches in the Premier League, starting up North on Merseyside and finishing down on the South Coast.

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Both matches feature one side looking to break into the top half of the table, while facing opponents just battling to stay above the drop.

Everton vs. Sunderland — 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and online via Live Extra

Big Sam Allardyce brings his Sunderland side to Goodison Park in search of their second victory of the season. Coming off of a big 3-0 win over Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby, Sunderland will look to build on that result and grab a win against Everton, as three points would see the Black Cats jump out of the relegation zone.

Everton hasn’t won in the league since September, but could move into the top half of the table if they can beat Sunderland. The Toffees have fared well to start the season, especially considering the incredibly tough schedule Robert Martinez’s side had to manage. However, they’ll be without captain and center-back Phil Jagielka, who was ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury.

Southampton vs. Bournemouth — 11 a.m. ET, USA and online via Live Extra

St. Mary’s Stadium plays host to the Premier League’s first New Forest derby between South Coast clubs Southampton and Bournemouth. Saints are on an unbeaten run of six matches in all competitions, and will look to continue that good form against a struggling Cherries’ side.

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Opposite of Southampton, Bournemouth is winless in five matches, including consecutive 5-1 defeats in the Premier League. Riddled with injuries, Eddie Howe’s side has had a tough go of it early in their first season in the top flight, currently just one point above the drop zone.