Everton - Sunderland preview: Wearsiders looking to build on derby win

Sunderland travel to Everton on Sunday looking for their first away win of the season after registering their first victory in the league in last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby.

Finally a win, but not the most convincing

The gloom was finally lifted on Wearside as Sam Allardyce did what his three predecessors had managed and beat local rivals Newcastle United in his second game in charge following a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in his first.

The rather flattering 3-0 scoreline lifted the Black Cats off the bottom of the Premier League and above their neighbours into 18th position.

However, whilst this may seem like a strange statement, a lot was said about last week's game being a ghost result if you like as Sunderland had no other attempts on target other than their three goals, one of which was a penalty from Adam Johnson.

A lot of people feel Sunderland would not have recorded the three points if they didn't get a man advantage, but ultimately a win is a win, especially in a derby match.

Away day blues

Allardyce's team have only picked up six points all season, albeit not always under his charge, which obviously is not a lot, but performances and results away from home have been especially bad with their only point on the road coming against the team who have now replaced them at the bottom of the table - Aston Villa.

They've been out of the game before half time in some cases on their travels and will hope to put these troubles to bed with a second successive victory.

Toffees in a sticky patch

The Black Cats' hosts this weekend are Everton who, more so down to a tough run of games, have struggled in recent weeks with only one win out of their last five in the Premier League.

On top of this, they also needed penalties to get past struggling Norwich City in the League Cup on Tuesday, meaning they come into the game after playing 120 minutes of midweek action.

Sunderland will hope to take advantage of any fatigue and low confidence by compounding their opponents to more misery as they search for their third straight win at Everton for the first time in over a 100 years.

Both sides struggling with injuries

There are late fitness decisions to be made on a quartet of Sunderland players after John O'Shea and Ola Toivonen came off in the first half of last week's game, while Fabio Borini did not play and is still doubtful.

Finally, Younes Kaboul had an issue after the game on Sunday and could also be unavailable. This could pave the way for Wes Brown to get back into the picture though, as if both O'Shea and Kaboul are out, Allardyce will have to call upon the 36-year-old - though he has admitted he thinks the defender will be ready if needed.

Hosts Everton are massively depleted at the back again with right back Seamus Coleman struggling with a stomach bug while Phil Jagielka is out with a knee injury.

Left back Leighton Baines has returned to training but, like midfielder Mohamed Besic, this game will come too soon for him.

Quick fire stats

Sunderland have lost four out of their five games following the current run of results against Newcastle, their only post derby win being against Everton in April 2013.

Everton are the only side in the league yet to score a goal from a set piece situation. 

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