Everton manager Roberto Martinez fears facing relegation-threatened Sunderland this weekend

Ahead of his side’s meeting against Sunderland in the Premier League this weekend, Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels facing a side fighting for survival is a very difficult proposition, reports Sky Sports.

Everton have been in fantastic form in recent weeks, but saw their fine run ended by Aston Villa. Sunderland have been woeful in 2015, and haven’t won an away game this year. But despite the formbook suggesting Everton will earn all three points against the Black Cats, manager Roberto Martinez won’t be taking anything for granted.

He feels facing a Sunderland side doing everything in their power to stay up in the Premier League will see a strong showing come from the players against Everton on Saturday. He will have seen the form of Leicester City in recent weeks, who looked down and out on the Premier League, but hit a miraculous run of form to now be in a strong position to survive.

When asked about the prospect of facing Sunderland at Goodison Park this weekend, Martinez was very respectful of the opposition, and did admit it was a game he wasn’t particularly looking forward to, saying: “You see light at the end of the tunnel. It is not just having a fear of getting relegated, it is more knowing what you have to do to achieve your aim. The way to see whether the team is doing that is when the team start playing games not the occasion. In the final two performances I have seen the win against Southampton was a very solid performance and draw at Stoke shows the mindset is perfect.”

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