Di Canio praises Toffees ahead of weekend clash

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has praised Everton and manager David Moyes as the two sides prepare to go head-to-head in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Italian said the Toffees are "effective" and "a side that I like", and highlighted Moyes as "a very good manager" after guiding the Merseyside club to 'Top 8' finishes in eight of the last ten seasons.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's match at the Stadium of Light, Di Canio said:

"It's a very strong unit, a strong group. Not many spectacular footballers but very good footballers that play effective football.

"This is a side that I like. David Moyes is one of the managers that I like because without spending a fortune every summer... he finished only once out from the top eight places. That proves what he's brought there.

"So he is a very good manager."

– Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland AFC Manager

Despite their 3-0 win over North East rivals Newcastle United last weekend, Sunderland are hovering just three points above the relegation zone.

A result on Saturday would significantly boost their chances of Premier League survival but in order to achieve that the Black Cats must overcome their Everton hoodoo. Sunderland haven't beaten the Toffees in any of their previous 16 league encounters - with their last victory being a 1-0 win in December 2001.