One of the most historic derbies in Premier League history gets underway this weekend with the two Merseyside sides battling it out for local glory. This fixture has traditionally been dominated by Liverpool and the red half of Merseyside has won 123 of the 291 games (W123-D85-L83).
Both sides have gotten off to rocky starts, but Everton have particularly struggled. The Toffee’s sit in 17th place having only accumulated three points from their five games. All of their points have come from their three latest matches which were all 1-1 draws.
Frank Lampard’s side has really struggled in front of goal since the departure of Richarlison to Tottenham for around £60m, they are yet to score more than one goal in a single game and will take a lot to get two past Liverpool considering they couldn’t do it against a weaker Forest side.
After drawing their first two and losing the third, Liverpool have won two in a row and one in significant style. A 9-0 win against a poor Bournemouth side was a fine way to reinstate yourself as a title-challenging team.
Their creative midfield may be resolved as well, with the announcement of Arthur Melo from Juventus on a season long loan. However, if we want to be critical, it could be said that he doesn’t have much to offer Liverpool considering he has been struggling for gametime at Juventus, though Fabio Carvalho is growing into side following his move from Fulham.
Everton And Liverpool To Draw
The clubs in question are both struggling with some serious injury issues, Everton have seven players that are out for the game whilst Liverpool have six definites and two doubtful’s. On the blue side we have Mina, Doucoure, Gomes, Holgate, Godfrey, Calvert-Lewin and Townsend.
DCL is obviously this biggest miss for this fixture given Everton’s poor record in front of goal. They are also tight in numbers at the back with three defenders and a defensive midfielder in Doucoure set to miss the game.
Liverpool’s issues come in the form of a creative outlet with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita and Thiago all out of this one. Jota is the only missing attacking as Darwin Nunez will return to the squad after serving his three-match ban, though Roberto Firmino is staking his claim for a starting spot.
Since the turn of 2011, Everton have only managed to beat Liverpool once in the 26 games played over the last 11 years. The Red’s record is W13-D12-L1. As you can see this fixture has produced a shocking amount of draws over the last decade or so. Of the 12 games played at Goodison Park, eight of them have been draws and four of them have come in the last five games there with three 0-0 stalemates.
EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL TO DRAW
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