Premier League Preview: Everton vs Liverpool

by Punter's Hero on October 1, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Eleventh-place Everton takes on fifth-place Liverpool at home at Goodison Park in the 216th edition of the famous Merseyside derby. Everton has two wins, a draw and two losses after five games for seven points while Liverpool has played six matches and boats a record of three wins, a draw and two losses for 10 points.

Neither team has set the English Premier League on fire this season and both have been more or less mediocre. Everton were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City last weekend and they still have a long way to go before they’re a top club. They’re going about it the wrong way though as top player Mikel Arteta was sold to Arsenal and striker Jermaine Beckford was let go.

Their squad is pretty thin at the moment and David Moyes isn’t the type of manager to lead them out of the wilderness. Jack Rodwell, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman look like pretty good players though, but they’ll need to be exceptional if he plans since Everton has won the Merseyside derby just once in the last time tries.

Liverpool will be without defenders Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson, but captain Steven Gerrard will be in the lineup. For Liverpool, this will also be the first derby for many of its players, such as Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique, Stewart Downing, and Sebastian Coates.

Liverpool broke a two-game losing skid last week with a victory over Wolves, but they’ve been shut out in three of their past four road games and have a lone clean sheet in their past seven . Everton has lost just once in their last 14 home matches. Liverpool will need Andy Carroll to play a physical game and lead the way up front with Suarez if manager Kenny Dalglish has the sense to play the pair together.

This fixture can often get out of hand and over the years it had produced a total of 19 red cards with 10 of them coming in the last 13 contests between the two. Martin Atkinson will be the referee and he has ejected a total 14 players since the start of last season, which is more than any ref in the EPL. Tim Cahill has banged in five goals against Liverpool in 11 games and Dirk Kuyt has managed to score against Everton three games in a row.

The team that can keep all of its players on the pitch will have the edge here and if there aren’t any red cards look for a 2-1 Liverpool win.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of an Everton win at 21/10 and a Liverpool victory at 6/4. A draw is listed at 19/10.

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