Jack Rodwell has been named on the bench as he returns to fitness for Sunderland after picking up a knock.
With Lee Cattermole suspended it was hoped he would start but Gus Poyet must not think he is ready.
Wes Brown returned to the starting line-up. The former Manchester United defender, who scored an unfortunate own goal at Selhurst Park after coming on as a substitute, replaces the injured Patrick van Aanholt.
In attack, Steven Fletcher continues to spearhead the Black Cats following his double against Crystal Palace.
For the visitors, both Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman have come through late fitness tests to start in the match at the Stadium of Light.
Ross Barkley also starts the game whilst Sylvain Distin comes in at the back following a dislocated shoulder for Antolin Alcaraz. Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku carry the threat for the visitors.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, Brown, O’Shea (c), Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher.
Subs: Rodwell, Altidore, Mavrias, Graham, Buckley, T Robson, Mannone.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, McGeady, Eto'o, Barkley, Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Gibson, Naismith, Besic, Atsu, OsmanReuse content