Predicted Sunderland and Everton line-ups: Altidore and Lukaku to start

Match to be played on Sunday 9th November 2014 at 13:30. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Sunderland take on Everton at the Stadium of Light on Sunday with just two points currently separating the two clubs.

Gus Poyet’s men had a huge boost on Monday, defeating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park, and he will want the Black Cats to build on that as they look to climb further away from the relegation zone.

Everton have overcome a tricky start to begin their own climb up the table but having drawn with Swansea City last time out they will not want to drop more points this weekend.

Sunderland injury concerns: Ricardo Alvarez is hoping to overcome a knock and Sebastian Coates is also earmarked to return subject to match fitness. Jack Rodwell has a knock but has a good chance of featuring.

Sunderland absences: Patrick van Aanholt has dislocated his shoulder and is out for some time. Billy Jones has a hamstring injury while Lee Cattermole is suspended until November 22. Sunderland are also without Emanuele Giaccherini due to an ankle problem.

Everton injury concerns: Darron Gibson has a knock but has a 75 per cent chance of playing. Bryan Oviedo should also overcome a problem to feature

Everton absences: John Stones and Kevin Mirallas are long-term absentees while Antolin Alcaraz is out with a shoulder injury.

Predicted starting line-ups:

Sunderland – Pantilimon, Reveillere, O’Shea, Vergini, Brown, Bridcutt, Buckley, Larsson, Gomez, Altidore, Fletcher

Everton – Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Barkley, Lukaku, Eto’o

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