This past weekend was another big one in the Premier League title race with Liverpool hanging on once Alisson was sent off to claim a 2-1 win at home over Brighton, while Manchester City were held 2-2 at Newcastle and Chelsea went down 1-0 at home to West Ham. Leicester’s 2-1 last gasp victory over Everton means the Foxes move three points clear of Manchester City into second, eight points behind Liverpool in the title race.
This week we have a rare midweek matchday featuring ten games across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with the bulk of the games coming on Wednesday night including a big match up at Old Trafford where Jose Mourinho revisits his former club, Manchester United, with his new charges Tottenham in what will be an intriguing contest.
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However, we are going to be paying close attention to the events taking place at Anfield on the same night, albeit at a slightly later kick off time as Liverpool renew hostilities with their city rivals Everton in what promises to be an important clash for teams at the opposite ends of the table.
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Premier League Matchday 15
Fixtures (7.30 kick off unless stated)
Tuesday 3rd December
- Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
- Burnley v Manchester City (8.15)
Wednesday 4th December
- Chelsea v Aston Villa
- Leicester v Watford
- Southampton v Norwich
- Wolves v West Ham
- Manchester United v Tottenham
- Liverpool v Everton (8.15)
Thursday 5th December
- Sheffield United v Newcastle United
- Arsenal v Brighton (8.15)
Let’s now take a look at the big game coming up at Wednesday night at Anfield when league leaders Liverpool face off against their closest neighbours, Everton.
Liverpool v Everton Preview
Let’s begin with a recap of how the two teams compare in the Premier League this season and how this fixture has panned out over history across an incredible 284 matches between the teams in all competitions.
|Liverpool||Tale of the Tape||Everton|
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|Sadio Mane (8)||Top Scorer||Richarlison (6)|
|284||Total Derby Games Played||284|
|119||Derby Games Won||82|
|83||Derby Games Drawn||83|
|82||Derby Games Lost||119|
|1-0 (Dec 2018)||Last Derby Win at Anfield||1-0 (Sep 1999)|
Liverpool Team News & Selection
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have to make one big change to his team after goalkeeper Alisson was sent off against Brighton for handball outside the area and Adrian will come in to deputise as he did at the start of the season. I can also see Klopp electing to rest Oxlade Chamberlain for a game that is likely to be combative in midfield with James Milner most likely to come in.
With Matip and Fabinho out injured, I’d expect Henderson and Wijnaldum to partner Milner in midfield with Lovren continuing in central defence alongside van Dijk. I can also see Klopp sticking with his tried and trusted trio in attack as he hopes to continue his good run of form against Everton and pick up his teams 14th win in 15 EPL games this season.
Liverpool (4-3-3) – Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Everton Team News and Selection
Everton boss Marco Silva is under huge pressure in his job at the moment after a very poor start to the season has left the Toffee’s in a relegation battle and the feeling is a defeat here could be the final nail in his coffin for his time at Everton.
The Toffees have a couple of injury worries with the likes of Theo Walcott and Fabian Delph likely to be absent alongside longer term casualties Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Sidibe will likely carry on at right wing back after performing well at Leicester and I can’t see Silva making too many changes to the team that went down to a late 2-1 defeat to the Foxes on Sunday.
Everton (5-4-1) – Pickford, Sidibe, Digne, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Davies, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin.
Merseyside Derby Trends
- Jurgen Klopp has not lost in eight games against Everton, picking up five wins and three draws since taking over as Liverpool boss.
- In the last three games between the teams there has been just one goal scored, Divock Origi’s 90th minute winner last year at Anfield handing Liverpool a 1-0 win either side of two 0-0 draws at Goodison Park.
- Everton’s last win at Anfield came back in September 1999 through a Kevin Campbell strike.
- The Toffees have won just four of the last 43 games against Liverpool. Liverpool have won 22 times in that time, with 17 games finishing as a draw.
- It has been over nine years since Everton last beat Liverpool, a 2-0 win back in October 2010.
- Liverpool have twice recorded four goal wins in the fixture in recent times, both 4-0 scorelines back in January 2014 and April 2016.
Top Merseyside Derby Tips
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win 4/11
Given the relative form, season-long performance and the ability of both sides at the moment, added to the fact that Liverpool are at home and have not lost a home game in the Premier League since April 2017, it is impossible to suggest anything other than a Liverpool win here.
That is not to say Everton are without hope. They showed plenty of positives in defeat at Leicester and a derby game can see form go out of the window at times. However, their poor record at Anfield and lack of form and confidence I think will make this doubly hard, especially with the speculation mounting over the future of their manager.
Correct Score – Liverpool 3-1 Everton – 11/1
2-1 has been the most common score for Liverpool to win games of late, but I feel against an Everton side who they have not enjoyed too many goals against in recent times, this may be the opportunity for them to score a few. I do feel Everton will score, Liverpool’s back line has been more shaky this season, but even so, Liverpool should run out comfortable winners. If the Reds can despatch Man City at home by this scoreline, they should be able to do the same to Everton.