Premier League Picks for Sunderland vs. Everton

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:38 PM GMT

All of a sudden the Toffees are battling for a top four spot. They'll travel to Sunderland this weekend to play a side that's trying everything it can to avoid relegation. It should be a great spectacle at the Stadium of Light on Saturday – where's the best soccer betting value?

Odds Overview
Though away from home, Everton is favored at about -125 to win this weekend, with Sunderland at +375 to +400 and a draw at approximately +275 on the soccer odds board. 

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Sunderland
When Gus Poyet first started with Sunderland, there was reason for optimism for the Black Cats. They had some great results early on and looked like they could avoid relegation if they kept it going.

Unfortunately for them, they haven't been able to do so. The Black Cats are now winless seven straight Premier League matches, with six of those fixtures ending in outright defeats.

The poor run has kept Sunderland in the basement of the table. They're seven points away from escaping the relegation zone, though they do have two matches in hand still. Nonetheless, with the way things are going for the Black Cats, that may not matter.

Sunderland was last in action on Monday and actually had Tottenham nervous for close to 60 minutes. The match was tied thanks to a Lee Cattermole goal, but the Black Cats eventually collapsed in the second half, allowing four goals to lose 5-1.

After such a demoralizing result, who knows what kind of frame of mind Poyet and his players will be in for this weekend. Home form (three wins, three draws, nine losses) hasn't exactly been on their side either.

 

Everton
Since consecutive 1-0 losses to Tottenham and then Chelsea, the Toffees have put together six straight victories in the league. They've beaten West Ham, Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newcastle, Fulham and Arsenal.

Obviously the victory over the Gunners was the most impressive of the bunch. It was as dominant of a performance from Everton as we've ever seen, with Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and a Mikel Arteta own goal making the score-sheet.

That victory means the Toffees are now just one point behind fourth place with a match in hand. It's truly been a spectacular run of form and confidence has to be sky high for Roberto Martinez's men at the moment.

We'll have to see if Everton can match their intensity away from home, where they've been good for six wins, six draws and four losses (20 goals for, 18 goals against) in 16 fixtures. They come in on the heels of consecutive away triumphs over Newcastle (3-0) and Fulham (3-1).

Nothing seems to be going wrong for the Toffees right now, so you have to like their chances. Lukaku is back and scoring goals again, Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley are all playing very well and the defensive line, including goalkeeper Tim Howard, is holding strong.  

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Premier League Pick
Sunderland has to keep switched on for the entire 90 minutes if they want a result against this in-form Everton side.

Martinez has the Toffees playing great soccer and they've been punishing any mistakes as of late. The Black Cats need to show fight and determination throughout in order to frustrate Everton and get the crowd into it.

In the end, we look for Sunderland to battle hard and earn the point. The Stadium of Light is still not an easy place to play, regardless of their side's struggles, and we think the growing desperation will help the Black Cats in this situation. Back a draw with your soccer picks for the weekend.

Soccer Pick: Sunderland 1 Everton 1