Larsson previews Toffees test

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by Stuart Vose

Swedish midfielder looks ahead to Boxing Day assignment at Everton.

Seb Larsson admits Sunderland will have to play at the top of their game to get a result at Everton, but says results against other high-flyers this season are reason for encouragement.

Two of the current top five – Manchester City and Chelsea – have been beaten on Wearside this season and now Sunderland head to Merseyside looking for a similar outcome on the road.

We know we’ll have to play really, really well to get something but at the same time we are capable of doing that against the top teams and we’ve shown that against [Manchester] City and Chelsea this year

- Seb Larsson

They will face an Everton outfit in fine form having taken 34 points from their 17 games so far since the summer arrival of former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

“Everton are doing well; ever since I’ve played in the Barclays Premier League it’s always been a tough place to go, [they are] a good team, a solid team,” Larsson said.

“They’re flying the league and playing some good football, they’ve got a lot of good players so it won’t be an easy game against them.

“We know we’ll have to play really, really well to get something but at the same time we are capable of doing that against the top teams and we’ve shown that against [Manchester] City and Chelsea this year.”

Meanwhile Sunderland will take on former Toffees boss David Moyes and his new Manchester United side in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup next month.

And while Larsson is relishing the challenge of a two-legged tie against the Red Devils, his focus is elsewhere for now with three key league games and an FA Cup with Budweiser third-round assignment coming up.

“We’ll put the cup to one side now and forget about it for a while and once it comes round again we’ll focus on it,” he said.

“You’re not really going to get an easy draw at this stage of the competition.

“There were a lot of big teams left in the competition before our game and we’re glad to be through. If you’re going to do something in a competition like this then why not do it against the big teams?

“It’s going to be tough over two games of course but it’s a semi-final and you’re playing for a spot at Wembley. We’re going to give our absolute all to get there.”