Everton host Sunderland on Sunday in the Premier League looking to halt their streak of two consecutive losses. The Blues were off to a decent start but have lost their way since the international break with just one point in three fixtures. The Black Cats are mired at the bottom of the table and Dick Advocaat resigned a month ago with Sam Allardyce taking over for him.
The Toffees hold the edge in head-to-head records, having won 79 and drawn 30, while Sunderland have won 70 dating back to 1890. Everton have lost 3 out of the last 5 games against the Black Cats, but went unbeaten all the way back to 2002 before that streak.
One of the most famous Everton wins in recent times was on 24th Nov 2007 when the Blues put on an attacking clinic to blow away Sunderland 7-1. David Moyes celebrated his 100th win as Everton manager in handing Roy Keane the heaviest defeat of his career, and what a game it was.
Ayegbeni 'Yak' Yakubu put the Blues ahead early before a typical close-range finish on the turn from Tim Cahill extended that lead. Steven Pienaar (remember him?) then scored a brilliant third cutting in from the right to pretty much secure the three points. Dwight Yorke scored just before halftime to give the visitors some hope.
However, Everton absorbed the pressure and then broke for Cahill to score his second and the team's fourth before the Yak pounced on a poor clearance to make it 5-1. The rout wasn't quite complete yet though, as Andy Johnson then raced through to score soon after coming on and then Leon Osman put in the final nail with a slaloming run that was well-worthy of his testimonial highlights package.
That win placed the Toffees in 8th place, with 23 points after 14 games, thirteen points off Arsenal at the top of the table. In comparison, Everton currently have 13 points after 10 games and languish in 11th place. The Blues ended the 2007-08 season in 5th place with 65 points.