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23rd Feb, 2017 | 3:13pm

Paul Merson predicts Everton v Sunderland, claims side must stop relying on striker

By Harvey Byrne

Paul Merson believes Everton will earn a comfortable win against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The Toffees are currently gearing up for a Premier League clash which will see them welcome former manager David Moyes back to Goodison Park.

The famous Merseyside club are currently in good form as they sit in seventh, while the Black Cats are propping up the division in 20th.

This has helped Merson has predict a 2-0 victory for Everton, while he has also shared that Sunderland need to stop relying on striker Jermain Defoe.

“You never know what you’re going to get with Sunderland,” told Merson to the Sky Sports website.

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“One week they are winning 4-0 away, then the next they lose 4-0 at home. I think Everton are a good team. They got themselves into a good position a few weeks ago and then had a poor result at Middlesbrough but I expect them to win this game.

“In terms of relegation, it’s a weird one with Sunderland. One minute you’re thinking they will get out of it and then they get beaten the next week, but they have got Jermain Defoe. You can’t keep relying on him, but he’s the only one who looks like he’s going to score. They could struggle now.”

Defoe, 34, has a fantastic return of 14 goals from 25 Premier League games this season and leads the Sunderland goal charts by some way with both Victor Anichebe and now Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt trailing behind on three.

However, the criticism is one that has often also been aimed at Everton due to their reliance on star Romelu Lukaku, who has 17 goals in all competitions this season with Ross Barkley falling in second with just five.

What is clear is that both star strikers will be vital for their respective teams at the weekend and the defences will need to keep on top of their game.

In other Everton news, here is the expected Toffees team to face the Black Cats.

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