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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

David Moyes says he’ll be paying no attention to the record books ahead of Saturday’s visit of Sunderland.

The Scot heads into what will be his 400th Premier League game as Blues boss having never suffered defeat against the Wearsiders in 17 meetings.

Everton have also won each of their last five home league games against the Black Cats, a run which included a brutal 7-1 mauling - Moyes’ biggest ever win - in November 2007, while Martin O’Neill’s men currently sit 16th in the table with just nine points from the same number of games.

With last season’s Goodison clash between the two resulting in a comfortable 4-0 victory, the omens appear to be sided with the Toffees.

Yet, Moyes says past events will have no impact on this weekend’s outcome.

“I don't know about any individual fixture because I never look at it that way. I never think we're better than certain teams and there are other teams we can't beat,” said the manager. “I just take it one game at a time and I see Sunderland as a really tough game.

“We have only had four games at home this season and we have got two wins and two draws, so we have got to try and keep that going and get some more wins.”

Despite Sunderland’s lowly league placing, Moyes believes the present standings fail to reflect the true story.

O’Neill’s men boast the second best defensive record in the division having conceded just nine goals and, in Steven Fletcher, possess a striker who has settled instantly into life in the North East.

“I think this year they have one of the best defensive records so it will not be easy breaking them down, we know that,” added Moyes. “And we also know they're going to pose a real threat either on the counter attack or with the attacking players they've got.

“I think what they have got is people who can cross the ball – [James] McClean on the left-wing, [Adam] Johnson on the right-wing, [Sebastian] Larsson - and [Steven] Fletcher who's a very good header of the ball in box. And he cost £15million, so it shows you the way Sunderland have tried to improve their team and the players they've tried to bring in.

“They are a really good, well-run club, so I am sure they will come good. Just hopefully it's not this weekend.”

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