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Liverpool vs Everton Match Preview

30 Mar 2017 Keith M. ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Liverpool FC

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Kick-off
11:30 GMT
01 April 2017

Everton FC

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Kick-off
11:30 GMT 01 April 2017

As Premier League action returns after the international break, so does one of the biggest derbies in world football: the Merseyside Derby. As the final international break came to a close, both teams have got just 9 games until their seasons end. Liverpool are hanging onto the last Champions League place but Manchester United can overtake them with their 2 games in hand so they’ll have to perform for the rest of the season. Their very close rivals are currently 7th, with the same amount of points as a very inconsistent Arsenal side.

STATS

  • Liverpool have won 3 of their last 5 Premier League games which isn’t too bad with a draw against Manchester City in those 5 as well. Their only defeat coming against a resurrected Leicester side, where they were utterly dreadful. Their last results was that 1-1 draw with Man City where they had plenty of chances to win the game.
  • Everton have also won 3 of their last 5, their loss coming against a rampant Tottenham team. A huge 4-0 win in their last game against Hull showed just how impressive they have been in recent weeks and they will need to be at their best to claim a victory at Anfield.
  • Sadio Mane is proving to be an incredible summer signing for Liverpool this season and his 12 goals make him their leading goal scorer this season. He also has 5 assists.
  • Romeul Lukaku has scored 21 goals this season, meaning he is the Premier League’s highest scorer. He is looking to move away from Goodison in the summer after rejecting a new contract only a couple of weeks ago.

HEAD TO HEAD

A win for Everton on Saturday would be their first against Liverpool in over 6 years. This means Liverpool have won 5 of the last 11 fixtures whilst drawing 6. Mane’s goal was enough to see Liverpool win 1-0 in the return fixture back in December.

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Liverpool’s attack has been brilliant this season with Coutinho, Mane, Firmino and Lallana flying forward at every opportunity but their defence has been awful and has been their downfall in many games. They’ll need to show a stronger defensive performance if they want to beat a strong Everton team. With only 2 notable absences for the game, they should be fairly confident. Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson will be watching from the side-lines and they are huge misses for the Reds.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

19.03.2017 Prem Manchester City Liverpool FC 1:1 D
12.03.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Burnley FC 2:1 W
04.03.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Arsenal FC 3:1 W
27.02.2017 Prem Leicester City Liverpool FC 3:1 L
11.02.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Tottenham Hotspur 2:0 W

EVERTON NEWS

Everton will need to take any chances they get in this one and that’s what they have done well this season, especially their marksman, Lukaku, who has been in inspired form of late. Seamus Coleman suffered a shocking leg break in the international break and he joins Yannick Bolasie on the injury table. Coleman will be a big miss but Ronald Koeman should find a suitable replacement for the Irish right-back.

Latest matches: Everton FC

18.03.2017 Prem Everton FC Hull City 4:0 W
11.03.2017 Prem Everton FC West Bromwich Albion 3:0 W
05.03.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Everton FC 3:2 L
25.02.2017 Prem Everton FC Sunderland AFC 2:0 W
11.02.2017 Prem Middlesbrough FC Everton FC 0:0 D

SUMMING UP

This game has got draw written all over it but should be a fantastic Merseyside Derby for the neutral. With two lightning fast attacks and expansive styles of play with slightly leaky defences, it should be a very open and could go either way. The winning team will probably be the one with the stronger defence on the day. A draw looks likely but both teams could snatch a win in one of the biggest Merseyside derbies in years.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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