Liverpool vs Everton – Match preview and prediction

With 20 red cards shown, the most in Premier League history, Everton vs Liverpool is renowned as a fiercely-contested fixture not just on Merseyside, but across the country. Liverpool’s slump in home form this season could present Everton with the opportunity to leapfrog the Reds in the table.

David Moyes celebrates 10 years at Goodison Park this week, which is a remarkable achievement in the modern-day era of chopping and changing managers. The Scotsman has seen his side recover from their traditional start-of-season slump to go unbeaten in nine games, which have included wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and this weekend’s victory against Tottenham. Striker Nikica Jelavic opened his account for the Toffees with the only goal against Spurs and will be in line to maintain his place in the starting line-up for the trip to Anfield.

Steven Pienaar could also return for Everton after missing the Spurs game through ineligibility, as he is on loan from White Hart Lane. Midfielder Jack Rodwell and defender Phil Jagielka returned from injury on Saturday and could be line for recalls to the starting line-up. Tim Cahill is looking to extend his record in the Merseyside derby, as he is Everton’s top post-war marksman with five goals. The 32 year old has been in poor goalscoring form during the last year, but will want to score at Anfield to move David Moyes’ side up the table and give him a great anniversary present.

Liverpool are on their worst run of form since 2003 having lost their last three league games to Manchester United, Arsenal and Sunderland this weekend. The Reds were beaten 1-0 on Wearside on Saturday and Kenny Dalglish has called on his players to end their recent run with a win against Everton. Liverpool were last beaten at Anfield by the Blues in 1999 and will be confident they can preserve that record, but a win would be essential for the Reds to catch-up with the top four.

Captain Steven Gerrard is expected to return to the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring problem. Glen Johnson has missed the last two games with a niggle, but will be assessed ahead of the game, and Daniel Agger is a definite miss with a cracked rib. The Reds won the previous fixture this season at Goodison Park 2-0 and Dalglish will be hopeful to do the double over the Toffees.

Everton are on a great run of form and with the Reds’ poor home performances this season, Moyes’ men can go to Anfield and pick up three points. Liverpool will be desperate to stop Everton leapfrogging them in the table and should be able to, but a draw is more likely on the cards.

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