Predicted Everton XI to play Sunderland - Naismith out, Barkley in

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Match to be played on Saturday 12th April 2014 at 15:07. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Everton will head into this weekend’s game against Sunderland full of confidence after the drubbing they dished out to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal last weekend.

It won’t be an easy game because the Black Cats are scrapping away at the bottom of the league and fighting for their Premier League lives as they look to save themselves from a drop down to the Championship.

Here’s the side Roberto Martinez could select this weekend.

GK – Tim Howard

The American has been an ever present for Martinez throughout the season and he’s unlikely to lose his place for this game.

RB – Seamus Coleman

Coleman has been one of the best right-backs to watch in the country this season. He’s hard to get the better off defensively and intelligent going forward.

CB – John Stones

Stones was superb against Arsenal and should retain his place. This will be another difficult challenge against a very different side.

CB – Sylvain Distin

Distin injects that experience into the back four. He’s also still got a good burst of pace, which allows the Toffees to play a higher defensive line.

LB – Leighton Baines

Baines is another player who has cemented his place in the team. He’ll be a vital source of additional width down the left.

RM – Kevin Mirallas

Mirallas will most likely start on the right but he won’t always stay there. He’s effective from a central position and can also drift to the left.

CM – Gareth Barry

Barry will most likely sit as the deepest of the midfielders, patrolling the area in front of the back four. He tackles well, cuts off space and makes it difficult for the opposition to play freely.

CM – James McCarthy

McCarthy is a more aggressive player in the middle. He’s the sort of midfielder who hurries about, snapping at heels and trying to break up the play.

AM – Ross Barkley

One change Martinez may consider is bring Barkley back into the team, as he offers a little more control of possession than Steven Naismith.

LM – Leon Osman

Martinez said after the Arsenal game that he expected Osman to be fit for this game. The midfielder suffered a bad cut above his eye against the Gunners but avoided serious injury.

ST – Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian is the sort of player who can really bully the Sunderland defence, pushing them back and controlling the final third.

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