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.
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’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 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|
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.
01 April 2017 - 11:30 GMT
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