Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership

Everton v Liverpool Last season: 2-0
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EVERTON HAVE local boy Tony Grant in their squad for the first time this season for the Mersey derby battle with Liverpool in which they have had the upper hand in recent years. He could be competing for a place with Gareth Farrelly because of Olivier Dacourt's suspension. The full- back Mitch Ward is also called in after injury, while Marco Materazzi is also suspended. New signing Ibrahim Bakayoko should make his debut. Duncan Ferguson will lead the Everton line and he could be the one to trouble Liverpool's suspect defensive aerial ability.

Liverpool, who have not won at Goodison Park since 1990, welcome Steve McManaman back. He has been out with an Achilles injury since the defeat at Manchester United on 24 September. Jason McAteer came back from Irish duty with a thigh injury, while American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has a groin problem. The Norwegian full-back Vegard Heggem should replace McAteer, while Tony Warner could be on the substitutes' bench if Friedel fails a fitness test.

EVERTON (from): Myhre, Cleland, Ball, Unsworth, Watson, Short, Collins, Ferguson, Hutchison, Grant, Farrelly, Ward, Cadamarteri, Jevons, Jeffers, Gerrard, Bakayoko, Milligan.

LIVERPOOL (from): James, Heggem, Babb, Carragher, Matteo, Bjornebye, Staunton, Leonhardsen, Riedle, Redknapp, Ince, McManaman, Berger, Owen, Fowler, Warner, Friedel (pending fitness test).

Injuries: Everton: None. Liverpool: Mcateer.

Suspensions: Everton: Dacourt, Materazzi. Liverpool: None.

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