Last Updated: 20/04/13 4:51pm
And that's the full time whistle. Many thanks to you for joining me, and a reminder to give me a follow at @danielstorey85 if you'd be so kind.
Mangane on for Sunderland to try and shore things up, replacing Sessegnon. We will have three added minutes
Strange one this. A backpass to Mignolet looks to be sailing in, and he catches the ball, booked for his troubles.
Looking rather comfortable for Sunderland as we approach the last 15 minutes. Are they set for their first home win against Everton since 2001?
Everton have now won close to ten corners, but are yet to test Mignolet from any of them. Poor for a side with Distin, Anichebe and Fellaini.
Now Anichebe shoots, but it's comfortably over. Jelavic's introduction is beginning to have an effect
Chance for Everton, and now Mignolet has made a save. Fellaini strikes the ball which hits Jelavic and flies straight at the goalkeeper
Everton really haven't got going enough today, and their initial threat at the start of the half has now subdued
Sunderland looking a touch longer this half, but they must be careful not to defend too deep, something they have been guilty of this season at times
Danny Rose drives at the defence again, winning a crunching tackle before firing a shot just wide. Fabulous desire from Rose
Excellent pressure from Sunderland all over the pitch to force Everton into mistakes. That is exactly what Di Canio wants them to work on
1-0 Sunderland. Sessegnon toe pokes it home from the outside the area after Baines gave the ball away in defence
The game ebbing towards the break, still just that Danny Graham chance as the one shot on target of the half
Larsson fires the free kick just wide of the far post. Howard possibly beaten, but that's still just one goal for the season.
Again the final ball lets Sunderland down, and this time Larsson that is the guilty party, over-hitting his pass
Mirallas has Everton's first real chance, picking it up and ignoring Coleman out wide. His shot deflects behind
Claims for a penalty on Graham from the corner, but nothing doing. Sunderland players are adamant, but replays look to agree with Phil Dowd
Everton very much taking the opportunity to control the game now. They have the possession and are quieting down the home fans significantly.
James McClean and Mirallas in a tangle, and it appears that McClean kicks out at the Everton player. He could easily be sent off for that if spotted by the referee.
The game has become a touch scrappy, both sides being quite loose with the ball near the touchlines to give away throw ins
Easily cleared, but Sunderland must be wary of giving away so many set pieces with Fellaini et al on show
Still very even here, although Sunderland have perhaps had the better of the half chances on offer. The game is at least reasonably open
Mignolet takes too long with the ball and clears it straight against Osman. Sunderland lucky to get away with it.
As we wait for the teams to come out, worth noting that it's almost a short sleeves day in Sunderland, words that seemed months away not too long ago.
Fifteen minutes until kick off, remember to get in touch via @danielstorey85 with your pre-match thoughts and predictions
Before we get underway, worth going over Paulo Di Canio's programme notes: "I live near the sea, and the sea looks nervous. Something big is building here." All very standard stuff, I'm sure you will agree.
Sunderland's record Premier League defeat came against Everton, back in November 2007 (1-7) at Goodison Park.
Everton have won the last three meetings between these two sides by an average of 8-1. In total, Sunderland have not beaten Everton in 16 attempts since David Moyes took over the club.
With five games remaining Everton have 56 points, nine more than they had at this stage last season.
So just one change for Sunderland, Jack Colback in at right back after Phil Bardsley was injured in the derby last week.
Jamie Cogle gets in touch to say this: "First home game for the mighty di canio! Well excited, hopefully we can beat our bogey team! VIVA DI CANIO!"
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Distin, Heitinga, Gibson, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar, Anichebe, Mirallas.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Rose, N'Diaye, Larsson, Graham, Colback, O'Shea, Johnson, McCLean, Cuellar, Sessegnon
Before we get the team news, let me make a small plea. Do get in touch via Twitter (@danielstorey85), and give me a follow if these ramblings are insufficient to sate you. Your best (and probably kindest) thoughts will be showcased in the run in to kick off.
A physical midweek draw against Arsenal lengthened Everton's odds of that top four place, but it does seem remarkable that victory today would take Everton to within five points of Chelsea. Given the difference in budget, David Moyes can only be roundly applauded.
It will be no walk in the (Roker) park, however, as Di Canio et al welcome an Everton side still harbouring hopes of a top four finish and Champions League football.
Sunderland are by no means safe, but a victory today would put them as high as 13th in the table and above last weekend's defeated rivals Newcastle.
And then Paulo di Canio grass-stained himself all over the Tyne-Wear derby and suddenly where there was dismay and disappointment, optimism began to flourish.
What a difference a week makes. This time last weekend, Sunderland were out of the relegation zone on just goal difference, ahead of a Wigan side that still had a game in hand on the Black Cats.