It’s time for the Merseyside derby. Bookies favorite Liverpool are expected to win the match but will it succeed as easily as the bookies think?
Picks: This match will be a victory for Liverpool. Mané will score yet again.
|It’s a massive game in the Premier League (PL) this weekend as Everton take on city-rivals Liverpool in the 233rd Merseyside Derby. A fine 3-0 away victory at Cardiff midweek saw the ‘Toffees’ get back to winning ways, but it’s still just three league wins in seven (W3, L4). Notably, those three Everton wins were accompanied by a clean sheet.|
|With Liverpool chasing their first league title in 29 years, Everton will be desperate to spoil the party, but their record against PL sides above them isn’t great this season (D3, L8). However they did fail to score in just three of those eight defeats, suggesting that matches have been a lot more competitive than their record suggests.|
|Liverpool travel across Stanley Park after hammering Watford 5-0 on Wednesday night, handing them their 16th PL clean sheet this term. Unbelievably, they can still boast a record of just one league defeat all season (W21, D6, L1), although they have drawn three of their previous five matches.|
|Liverpool have dominated this fixture in recent seasons, and haven’t tasted defeat to their bitter rivals in the previous 16 league H2Hs (W7, D9). Although, five of the previous six meetings at Goodison ended as a draw.|
|Players to watch: Everton’s top PL scorer Gylfi Sigurðsson netted a brace at Cardiff midweek to take his tally to 11 for the season. Meanwhile the ever dangerous Sadio Mané (LIV) has six goals across his previous six league games.|
|Stat attack: There’s been under 2.5 match goals in each of the last four H2Hs at Goodison Park.|
|Liverpool have scored the opening goal in 21 of their league matches this season.|
|Liverpool have scored a match winning goal after the 80th minute in three of the previous six H2Hs (in all competitions).|
|Will not play|
|Baines L.(Lower Back Injury)||Gomez J.(Broken Leg)|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain A.(Knee Injury)|
|Firmino R.(Ankle Injury)|
|Lovren D.(Thigh Injury)|
Referee: Atkinson M. (Eng), Venue: Goodison Park (Liverpool)