Confirmed Sunderland v Everton lineups: Funes Mori starts, Niasse on the bench

Here is how Sunderland and Everton will line up for this evening's Premier League clash...

Sunderland take on Everton this evening knowing that a victory would see them achieve Premier League survival.

The Black Cats beat Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to put them one step away from survival, and a win tonight would see them relegate both Norwich and fierce rivals Newcastle United.

Manager Sam Allardyce has kept the same line-up which beat Chelsea, as defender Lamine Kone has been passed fit to play alongside Younes Kaboul in the heart of defence.

Jermain Defoe will again lead the line, with support from Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini out wide.

Allardyce has the likes of Seb Larsson, Duncan Watmore, Dame N'Doye and former Everton ace Jack Rodwell on the bench tonight.

Meanwhile, Everton desperately need a result after just one win from the last nine Premier League games.

Manager Roberto Martinez is under increasing pressure, and many expect him to depart Goodison Park this summer regardless of tonight's result.

Tonight, Martinez has handed a start to defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who has been out through suspension having been sent off against Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Kevin Mirallas keeps his place in the team after scoring against Leicester on Saturday, but January signing Oumar Niasse is on the bench after a disappointing performance.

He's joined on the bench by Aaron Lennon, Darron Gibson, Muhamed Besic and Leon Osman as the Toffees seek a positive result.

Sunderland lineup


  • Vito Mannone
  • Younes Kaboul
  • Jan Kirchhoff
  • Lamine Koné
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • DeAndre Yedlin
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Wahbi Khazri
  • Yann M'Vila
  • Fabio Borini
  • Jermain Defoe

Substitutes: Jordan Pickford, Billy Jones, John O'Shea, Sebastian Larsson, Jack Rodwell, Dame N'Doye, Duncan Watmore.

Everton lineup


  • Joel Robles
  • Leighton Baines
  • Ramiro Funes Mori
  • Matthew Pennington
  • John Stones
  • Ross Barkley
  • Gareth Barry
  • Tom Cleverley
  • James McCarthy
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes: Tim Howard, Bryan Oviedo, Muhamed Besic, Darron Gibson, Aaron Lennon, Leon Osman, Oumar Niasse.

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