Everton face Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday, Feb. 25. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
The Toffees, with four wins and two draws, are the in-form team in the Premier League as they prepare to play Sunderland at home on Saturday.
Everton’s eight-game unbeaten streak dates back to Dec. 19, when they were defeated 1-0 at home to bitter rivals Liverpool.
Everton have outscored their opponents 19-6 since losing at home to the Reds and have been dominant in every facet since the streak’s onset. Romelu Lukaku, thanks to a four-goal performance against Bournemouth, has scored seven goals in nine games.
Lukaku’s 16 league goals put him second on the goal scoring chart, only a single goal behind league leader Alexis Sanchez.
Other than an unusually loose defensive performance versus Bournemouth, Everton haven’t conceded more than one goal since late December when they allowed two in a draw against Hull. They’ve kept five clean sheets during their current streak.
Ronald Koeman has got the balance between youth and experience just right. Tom Davies has earned a regular spot in the first team, while recent £24 million signing Morgan Scneiderlin is still looking to make a regular contribution to Koeman’s deep midfield.
Things look ominous for Sunderland, who have only one away victory in 12 games this season. That sole win came in comprehensive fashion away to Crystal Palace last time out, a silver lining of sorts for Black Cats supporters.
Jermain Defoe is the only hope of salvation for Sunderland, as the remarkable 34-year-old has enjoyed a terrific season under otherwise harrowing circumstances. Defoe, with 14 goals, is only two behind Lukaku.
The Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland is only being broadcast on digital. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the NBC Sports app.
Date: Saturday, February 25
Start Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: Liverpool, England
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV Info: Digital Only
Live Stream: NBCSports
Rock-bottom Sunderland have enjoyed some recent success against Everton, the Black Cats winning two of the last three games between the sides. But Sunderland are up against a confident team who performs extremely well in front of their boisterous supporters.
Adding salt to Sunderland’s gaping wounds, Lukaku scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture this season. The big Belgian has scored seven goals against Sunderland. The 23-year-old has only scored as many goals against West Ham.