Date: 23rd February 2017 at 1:38pm
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COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Ronald Koeman is likely to make just one change to his Everton side to face bottom of the league Sunderland on Saturday.

The Toffees are in good form as they remain unbeaten from their last eight Premier League matches, picking up five victories three and draws.

His team are going into the clash at Goodison Park as huge favourites and this he is expected to omit Idrissa Gueye from his midfield.

The 27-year-old is known more for his defensive game rather than his attacking attributes and Koeman will be likely to nullify the threat of Jermain Defoe with a three-man defence, taking out a body from his midfield.

This is then expected to see young talent Mason Holgate come back into the team for Gueye, who will drop to the bench.

Joel Robles is likely to keep his place between the sticks ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg and he will need to be on top of his game to keep out Defoe.

The goalkeeper will be looking to keep his seventh clean sheet of the season, while Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori and Holgate will be looking to add to their personal tallies too.

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines as the two wing-backs will probably spend the majority of their time in the Sunderland half of the pitch, aiding Ross Barkley and Ademola Lookman in the wide areas.

January signing Morgan Schneiderlin will also help form the defensive unit, while the young Tom Davies will look to cause problems to the Black Cats defence alongside him.

Star forward Romelu Lukaku will also be looking to add to his 17 goals of this campaign against a side who have conceded 46 goals in their 25 league matches.

In other Everton news, Williams has hailed the potential of this Toffees teenager.

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