Everton welcome their fiercest rivals Liverpool on Sunday for the 102nd time on Sunday. While the Reds have been the more dominant side of the two in recent years, Everton go into this game better placed in the league table and higher on confidence. Interestingly, both the teams won their last league game with an identical 3-2 scoreline. However, it was Everton’s come from behind win at The Hawthorns that grabbed everyone’s eye.
John Stones who has been dishing out impressive performances this season remains doubtful for the game with a Knee injury and that could be the biggest worry of manager Martinez. The Toffees are also without the services of Baines (Ankle), Besic (Hamstring), Hibbert (knee) and Piennar (Hamstring) while influential right-back Seamus Coleman remains doubtful with a Hamstring Injury.
The reds have injury concerns going into this game as well. They are already without the services of captain Henderson (Metatarsal), Firmino (Back), Lovren (Ankle) and the long time absentee Flannagan (Knee). However, it remains to be seen if Christian Benteke can recover in time from his Hamstring injury to feature in the game.
This will be the 204th meeting between these two sides, with Liverpool having won 77 compared to Everton’s 60.
Everton’s last victory over Liverpool in any competition came in the 2010-11 season when they ran out 2-0 winners at home.
The 7 goals Liverpool have scored in all competitions so far have come from English players (Sturridge, Ings, Milner & Lallana)
Howard, Browning, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway, McCarthy, Barry, Deulofeu, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku
Mignolet, Clyne, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Milner, Coutinho, Ings, Sturridge
Barkley has begun the season on a very positive note and will be key to Everton’s fortunes on Sunday. The midfielder has put in an all-round performance in the middle of the park and will be looking to dominate the often susceptible Liverpool midfield. With 2 goals and 3 assists to his name already, the Englishman is already the lynch pin of this Everton attack. In current form, the midfielder will push this Liverpool side to it’s limits and should they fail to contain him, they could make the short trip back home with a negative result.
The game on Sunday presents Barkley the right platform to showcase his talents and he will be keen to impress one and all with performance.
Danny Ings might not be the most talked about striker in the league, but he is definitely a constant threat to the opposition. The Winchester born striker has been one of the few positives from the current Liverpool side. With Daniel Sturride back from injury, the striker will be asked to play an able folly to the English no. 9.
Ings has featured in 4 league games so far and has impressed fans and critics alike with his performances. While he might have scored just one goal, Ings has a lot more to offer as he is intelligent on and off the ball. John Stone’s injury means Everton go into this game with captain Jagielka partnering new boy Funes Mori and Ings will be looking to disrupt the newly forming partnership.
If you think that Everton will be the victors, Betway are offering odds of 8/5 here. However, if you think Liverpool, despite their deficiencies, will win the game, Betfair are offering odds of 17/10. Meanwhile, if you think the game’s going to be a stalemate, visit Ladbrokes who are offerring an odds of 17/10.
Many critics and fans have come to believe that they haven’t seen a Liverpool side this poor since the dreaded Roy Hodgson days. On the other hand, Everton are having a decent start to the season and we expect them to run out 2-1 winners in a hotly contested derby.
Infographic on the Derby!
Infographic: Everton v Liverpool – The 225th Merseyside Derby by the team at Footy Super Tips