- Sunderland have won 4 of last 7 meetings
- Lukaku hasn’t scored or assisted in last 11 PL games
- If Sunderland lose, that’s six-straight seasons without a win in opening 4 games
Sunderland welcome Everton the Stadium of Light on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports) as David Moyes comes up against his former club with the Black Cats still searching for their first win of the season.
In stark contrast new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is unbeaten in his first three games in charge with the Toffees taking seven points and impressing.
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Talk of a relegation battle has already came from Moyes after his appointment during preseaosn after Sam Allardyce was hired as England’s new manager. The north east club tried hard to get reinforcements through the door before the transfer window shut but couldn’t add enough bodies and Moyes knows he has an uphill task to keep Sunderland in the Premier League. Koeman is aiming for the top six but paramount to that push is the form of Romelu Lukaku who is yet to score in the PL this season.
In team news Sunderland are without injured goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and new signings Mika Domingues, Didier Ndong and Jason Denayer could feature but other new boy Victor Anichebe won’t feature. Jan Kirchhoff and John O'Shea are also fit for Sunderland. Everton have Seamus Coleman fit and ready, while new signing Enner Valencia could also play but James McCarthy is out.
What they’re saying
Koeman on Moyes’ challenge at Sunderland: “With what he did at Everton, I think he had a great time. He showed he was a great manager for Everton in all the years he was in charge. Sunderland is a different club. The last few years they have been struggling – and there is what he said himself about relegation.”
Moyes on his 11-year spell at Everton: “We had a great team at Goodison but we were missing a center-forward. We couldn’t get the finances to buy one in my last couple of years. I might be exaggerating but I think, with a top center-forward, we would have been close to winning the league; we were that good.”
With Sunderland struggling with injuries and not able to get as many new players in as they needed, Moyes is up against it. All of that doesn’t make it an ideal time to be playing an in-form Everton side and Koeman’s wealth of attacking options as his team looking solid at the back will add up to a comfortable away win. 2-0 to Everton.