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Despite conceding a late equaliser to Fulham last weekend, David Moyes' side will be full of belief heading into Sunderland's visit.
The Blues have adopted an exciting, attacking style this season, creating chances for fun and finding the back of the net more regularly than in recent seasons.
They've also shown an impressive capacity to fight back from losing positions, exhibiting both their ability as footballers and an admirable team spirit.
Sunderland are without a win on the road this season and haven't picked up three points since a narrow 1-0 victory over Wigan in September.
They've also suffered demoralising home defeats to Villa and Middlesbrough in their last two games—and haven't scored a single goal in their last three in all competitions.
And if all of that isn't enough, David Moyes has never lost to Sunderland during his time on the blue half of Merseyside.
It may not be the 7-1 victory of 2007, but expect a comfortable win for Moyes' boys at Goodison Park.