There’s the small matter of the 233rd Merseyside derby on Sunday as Liverpool travel to Goodison Park aiming to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Martin Atkinson will officiate this one, which won’t be music to Everton’s fans ears as he hit the headlines back in 2011 for sending off Jack Rodwell in this exact fixture after what looked like a perfectly timed tackle on Luis Suarez.
Everton vs Liverpool
Premier League 2018-19
Venue: Goodison Park
Date: 03 March 2019
Kick-off: 16:15 GMT
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Where to Watch: Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
The Toffees head into Sunday’s grudge match off the back of a convincing 3-0 win away at Cardiff in midweek, which some critics say saved Marco Silva’s job. He has a lot to thank Gylfi Sigurdsson for as he notched a brace in what was a one-sided affair in Wales.
Liverpool breezed past Watford on Wednesday night with Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil Van Dijk at their brilliant best. It remains to be seen if Firmino will return in time for the derby, but the midweek rest will have done him the world of good as he recovers from an ankle injury picked up against rivals Manchester United.
Everton vs Liverpool: The Form Guide
Marco Silva's side got back to winning ways at Cardiff after three Premier League defeats on the spin, but they’ll need to be on top of their game to get anything out of a fixture they’ve not won, incredibly, since 2010. The scorers that autumn day in October? Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta in a 2-0 win. It’s no wins in 18 meetings since then for Everton, and if they let Liverpool play their football, it’ll be no wins in 19.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are enjoying a cracking season. Jurgen Klopp has no Champions League distractions coming up after this fixture, so he’ll be putting his heart and soul into making sure his side come away with all three points. As poor as Everton have been recently, you can take nothing for granted in a derby. The last three Premier League fixtures between the two sides have ended 1-1, 0-0 and 1-0, so it could well be another tight and nail-biting affair on Sunday for Liverpool fans.
Everton vs Liverpool Team News – Injuries and Suspensions
Everton have a clean bill of health after coming away from Cardiff with everyone fit and well. Kurt Zouma is also back from suspension, which will give them a much-needed boost at the back. Marco Silva will need to decide whether to stick with the same eleven who effortlessly dismantled Neil Warnock’s side, or give some fresh legs a runout. Cenk Tosun played no part in midweek, whereas Bernard only played half an hour and Andre Gomes came on for the last couple of minutes as a late replacement for two-goal hero Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Everton Predicted XI: Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Digne, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have a few niggles to contend with ahead of Sunday’s derby. If Roberto Firmino shakes off his ankle knock in time, he’ll be straight back into the starting XI, but the game may come too soon for Dejan Lovren who’s still nursing a muscle injury. Joe Gomez remains on the sidelines as he steps up his recovery from a leg injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, remember him? He’s very close to a comeback, but he too will be absent from Sunday’s squad.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Everton vs Liverpool – Score Prediction
0-2. Everton will be buoyed by their midweek display, and with the added spice of a local derby, that could see them put in a solid display. Liverpool, however, will look to come out of the blocks early on, pressing the ball at every opportunity. Liverpool at their best are difficult to stop. The Reds should be at their best on Sunday.
Everton vs Liverpool Tickets
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Everton vs Liverpool – Betting Odds and Betting Tips
Everton to win – 5/1
Draw – 17/5
Liverpool to win – 7/11
First Goalscorer Odds:
Richarlison – 7/1
Gylfi Sigurdssson – 17/2
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 10/1
Mohamed Salah – 16/5
Sadio Mane – 9/2
Roberto Firmino – 11/2
The last four league meetings between the two sides at Goodison Park has seen under 2.5 goals scored. The same again has a great chance at odds of 21/20.
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Everton vs Liverpool – What TV Channel Is It On?
Sunday's match will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Everton vs Liverpool – Head to Head History and Stats
The Reds are unbeaten in each of their last 18 matches against the Toffees (W9 D9), which is their longest ever unbeaten run against their rivals.
This will be only Marco Silva’s second Merseyside Derby. He lost the first one 1-0 at Anfield in December. That defeat meant no Everton manager has won their first ever Merseyside derby since Joe Royal in November 1994.
Liverpool have lost just once in the Premier League at Goodison Park since 2006.