Sunderland can secure their Premier League status on Wednesday and relegate Newcastle with a win against Everton at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland defender Lamine Kone is fit for Wednesday night’s potentially decisive Premier League clash with Everton.
Kone was replaced during the second half of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea after suffering a thigh problem, but he has recovered and is expected to be available as the Black Cats attempt to secure the win which will secure their top-flight status.
Full-back Billy Jones, who did not make the 18 at the weekend because of a hip injury, remains a doubt, but manager Sam Allardyce otherwise has a full squad from which to select.
Everton welcome back Ramiro Funes Mori from suspension and could also have Gareth Barry available.
Funes Mori has served a three-match ban following his red card in the Merseyside derby while Barry has been sidelined by a groin injury.
But the Toffees remain short in defence with Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (ankle) out along with Gerard Deulofeu (knee).
- Sunderland have won just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League home matches against Everton (W1 D4 L5).
- The Black Cats have netted just six goals in that run of 10 matches.
- Jermain Defoe netted just three goals in 17 Premier League games against Everton before joining Sunderland but has scored in both games for the Black Cats against the Toffees.
- Everton netted six goals from eight shots on target in the reverse fixture earlier this season at Goodison Park, while Sunderland scored twice from nine efforts on target.
- Arouna Koné has netted three goals in two top-flight meetings with Sunderland (all via a hat-trick in the 6-2 win in November), against no side has he scored more Premier League goals (also 3 v West Brom).
- Two of the five occasions Everton has scored 6+ goals in a Premier League game have come against Sunderland (7-1 in November 2007 and 6-2 in November 2015).
- Sunderland have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games, winning two and drawing six.
- The Toffees have registered just one win in their last nine top-flight games, drawing three and losing five.
- With 143 goals in total in the Premier League, Jermain Defoe is just one away from joining Robin Van Persie (144) as the joint 10th highest scorer in the competition.
- Romelu Lukaku is now without a goal in his last seven top-flight appearances, his longest goal drought in the Premier League since January 2015 (eight).