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Black Cats hoping to end dismal record against Toffees

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park

Kick-off: Sat 10 Nov, 3pm

Sunderland will be hoping to end their Everton hoodoo when the teams go head-to-head at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Black Cats haven't beaten the Toffees in their previous 15 league encounters, with their last victory in this match coming way back in December 2001. Everton also knocked Martin O'Neill's team out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage last season to pile more misery onto Sunderland fans.

Speaking ahead of the game, O'Neill said: "They're playing very well. My own personal view is that they've been a very good side for quite a number of years.

"They talk about the great start that they've had, but it doesn't surprise me."

Perhaps a more worrying stat for Sunderland is their apparent lack of goals. The Black Cats have scored just six league goals so far this season - the lowest total across all four divisions in England - with Steven Fletcher scoring five of those, and the other an own goal from Demba Ba in last month's Wear-Tyne derby.

Regarding his side's goalscoring troubles, O'Neill said: "There are certain teams that have the ability maybe to walk the ball into the net. At this minute, in terms of where we are, we're not in that category.

"So we must shoot more often. We must give ourselves a chance."

TEAM NEWS

New signing James McFadden resumed training this week after a recent hamstring problem, but may not be fit in time to play his former team Everton.

RECENT HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • Everton 4-0 Sunderland - 9 Apr 2012
  • Sunderland 1-1 Everton - 26 Dec 2011
  • Everton 2-0 Sunderland - 26 Feb 2011
  • Sunderland 2-2 Everton - 22 Nov 2010

Watch the goals from last season's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Goodison in March 2012:

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