• Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in two Barclays Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
  • Sunderland’s victory over Everton in April ended a run of 16 without a win in the Premier League for the Black Cats against the Toffees (D4 L12).
  • The last time that Everton went unbeaten a home in the league for a whole calendar year was back in 1962. They have only managed this three times previously (1894, 1939, 1962).
  • Everton have lost just two of their last 36 Premier League home games (W24 D10 L2).
  • No team has picked up fewer away points than Sunderland this season (three, level with Crystal Palace)
  • Everton have not lost a Premier League game on December 26 since 2005 (W3 D3 since then).
  • This is only the second of the last 12 December 26 games that Sunderland have played away from home.
  • Everton’s haul of 34 points this season is only two fewer than Roberto Martinez managed in the whole of 2012-13 with Wigan.
  • Five of Everton’s last 11 Premier League goals have come from their full-backs (Coleman 3, Oviedo 2).
  • Sunderland have been given more red cards in Premier League games than any other side this season (5).