Sunderland v Everton game must be rearranged, giving Black Cats two weeks to prepare for derby

Jermain Defoe slams in a shot in Sunderland's 6-2 defeat at Everton back in November. The rematch at the Stadium of Light must be rearranged
Jermain Defoe slams in a shot in Sunderland's 6-2 defeat at Everton back in November. The rematch at the Stadium of Light must be rearranged
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Sunderland’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Everton will have to be rearranged.

The Black Cats are scheduled to meet the Toffees at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, March 12.

But Everton’s progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals – they will meet Chelsea on the weekend of March 11-14 – will force Sunderland into a postponement of the league game.

The call-off will mean that Sunderland have more than two weeks between the visit to Southampton on March 5 and the derby at Newcastle on Sunday, March 20.