Premier League: Everton vs Liverpool match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at Goodison Park

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Everton held Liverpool to a draw in the Merseyside Derby in September but with their season failing to get off the ground and with Liverpool being the current in-form side in the league, the fixture is going to be a real test for Roberto Martinez.

Coming into the game on the back of a win over Bolton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, where Philippe Coutinho produced a moment of excellence by thundering his late winner in off the bar, Liverpool are once again looking dangerous in front of goal. 

The other obvious bonus for Brendan Rodgers is the return of Daniel Sturridge, but with the Northern Irishman remaining tentative over how much exposure to give him so shortly after a long lay-off, his initial place in the side for tomorrow remains uncertain.

Romelu Lukaku got himself back on the score sheet for the Toffees last week to end their run of ten games without a win, and with an impressive record of four goals in the last five Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Martinez will be hoping his frontman can produce the goods.

Meanwhile, Aaron Lennon may make his first appearance for Everton since his January transfer from Tottenham and Reds’ skipper Steven Gerrard looks set to play in his final Merseyside Derby. 

KICK-OFF: Saturday 5:30pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Liverpool 1 (Gerrard) Everton 1 (Jagielka), Premier League, September 2014

Liverpool 4 (Gerrard, Sturridge 2, Suarez) Everton 0, Premier League, January 2014

Everton 3 (Mirallas, Lukaku 2) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho, Suárez, Sturridge), Premier League, November 2013

STATS…

There have been 20 red cards handed out during the Merseyside derby, more than any other fixture in Premier League History.

Lukaku has scored four in his last five Premier League Merseyside derbies while Daniel Sturridge has scored five in his last six.

Everton have won only three of their last 12 Premier League games at Goodison Park.

Gerrard has scored ten goals in 32 games against Everton to become the highest Merseyside derby scorer in Premier League history.

ODDS…

Everton to win: 9.4

Liverpool to win: 5.4

Draw: 12.5

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, Highlights on BBC1 at 10:30pm

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