Echo jury: Our panel of fans are optimistic ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Everton

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My Echo Jury prediction success this season has been poor, largely due to me being hopelessly optimistic and believing that Sunderland’s results could only get better, writes Keith Atkinson.

However, given that the Black Cats have only scored two goals in eight away games this season, and have not won a league game at Everton since 1996, this should be a walk in the (Goodison) park in terms of guessing the outcome.

High-flying Everton are unbeaten in their last ten league games and are genuine European qualification contenders.

With the mackems’ best defender suspended (Brown) and the Toffees star defender (Baines) and free-kick specialist due to return; we can only hope that Martinez team has an off day.

Everton’s current success is ironically an excellent template for Sunderland as both teams adopt a 4-5-1 formation.

The key difference (apart from confidence, club stability, form, quality players and goal scoring prowess) is that the Toffees are more incisive in the final third, and play with a greater pace and attacking intent.

However, knowing my luck, Sunderland will probably register their first away win of the season.

Prediction: Everton 2 Sunderland 0