Sunderland 1 Everton 1
Seamus Coleman limped off after 30 minutes of Everton's 1-0 win over Swansea with a recurrence thigh injury that kept him out of the 1-1 draw with Norwich.
Jack Rodwell missed the match against the Swans with a hamstring problem.
Sunderland are still without goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Craig Gordon, so Irishman Kieran Westwood will continue between the sticks.
Striker Connor Wickham will miss the game, whilst defender Michael Turner is also out.
Everton won for the first time in four attempts on Wednesday night when Leon Osman's second goal in four days saw off Swansea at Goodison Park.
In the process the Blues kept their first home clean sheet in 12 attempts in all competitions.
Martin O'Neill's arrival at the Stadium of Light has galvanised Sunderland and the Black Cats have won two of their three fixtures since the former Villa boss took charge.
Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon gave Sunderland a 2-0 lead at QPR on Wednesday before Heidar Helguson and Jamie Mackie levelled for the hosts. But Wes Brown scored a late goal to move O'Neill's new charges away from the bottom three.
Everton, last six, Premier League: Swansea (H), won 1-0; Norwich (H), drew 1-1; Arsenal (A), lost 1-0; Stoke (H), lost 1-0; Bolton (A), won 2-0; Wolverhampton (H), won 2-1.
Sunderland, last six, Premier League: QPR (A), won 3-2; Spurs (A), lost 1-0; BLackburn (H), won 2-1; Wolves (A), lost 2-1; Wigan (H), lost 2-1; Fulham, drew (0-0).
1 Everton are unbeaten in their last six visits to the Stadium of Light - they have won four of those games.
2 Marouane Fellaini has scored on two of his last three visits to Wearside.
3 Sunderland have only kept two clean sheets at home in 2011.
4 Sebastian Larsson has scored three direct free kicks this season. The most in the Premier League.
EVERTON 2-0 SUNDERLAND (Saturday 26 February 2011): Everton continued their near faultless recent home record against Sunderland with a routine win in February. The game was all but over by half-time as a Jermaine Beckford brace settled the affair.
SUNDERLAND 0-1 EVERTON (Saturday 31 December 2005): The performance may have been far from a classic but this victory ended a run of four straight defeats for the Blues and eased their relegation concerns. The hosts dominated most of the second period but Tim Cahill headed home Kevin Kilbane's corner in injury to seal a vital win and spark a revival.
Everton's reserve team boss Alan Stubbs made nearly 200 appearances for the Blues during two spells at the Club. He also spent a short peiod on Wearside between August 2005 and January 2006.
Thomas Myrhe, Gavin McCann, Jon Oster, Don Hutchinson, Kevin Kilbane and Paul Bracewell are others to have represented both the Everton and the Black Cats.
PHIL JAGIELKA (Everton defender) on Sunderland's players since Martin O'Neill's arrival: "People will start trying to prove themselves again - the ones that got a little bit comfortable under Steve Bruce will be fighting for their places a little more."
MARTIN O'NEILL (Sunderland manager) after his side's 3-2 win over QPR: "We have a boost of confidence and some points on the board and we go into the Everton game in better fettle now than we might have done had this game ended in some other fashion."
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