Everton football club will host their bitter local rivals Liverpool football club in a match that could have a lot of firewalls, thanks to the current form of the two sides. The Merseyside derby will take place at Everton’s Goodison Park at 12:30.
Liverpool football club will go into the match with the bitter experience they had on October 4 still very fresh in their hearts. Recall that the current Premier League champions were humiliated by Aston Villa with a 7-2 defeat at Villa Park immediately before the international break.
So, Jurgen Klopp and his men would want to do anything possible to redeem themselves in their subsequent Premier League matches starting from today’s Merseyside derby.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, they will be up against a fearless and in form Everton’s team that looks determined to do the unthinkable this season. Carlo Ancelotti’s men might be tempted to try to feed Liverpool with as many goals as Aston Villa did but that might almost be impossible no matter the form of Everton.
Everton current form
Everton football club has been having one of their best seasons in the club’s history as they have won 4 Premier League games out of the four they have played so far. This has kept them seated at the summit of the league table with 12 perfect points.
Everton started their beautiful run in the league on September 13 against Tottenham which they won 1-0. From there, they played against West Brom on September 19 and ended the match with a 5-2 victory.
Their last two games were against Crystal Palace and Brighton which ended 1-2 and 4-2 respectively all in favor of Everton.
Everton Premier League form: WWWW
Liverpool current form
Liverpool football club came into the 2020-2021 season as the Premier League champions. Hence, the expectations of the club’s fans were very high. However, it has not been as rosy as expected.
Liverpool started their title defense on September 12 against newly-promoted Leeds United. To the dismay of fans, Jurgen Klopp and his boys struggled to win the match 4-3. After that, they had an easier encounter when they visited Stamford Bridge on September 20. They beat Chelsea 0-2.
Liverpool’s next Premier League meeting was against Arsenal and ended 3-1 in favor of Liverpool. On October 4, Jurgen Klopp suffered his worst nightmare when he watched the 7-2 destruction of his team by Aston Villa.
Liverpool Premier League form: WWWL
Everton Team’s news
Everton’s Calvert-Lewin will be on duty today and he could equal the club’s legend, Tommy Lawton’s record set in the 1938-1939 season by scoring a goal against Liverpool to make it at least a goal in each of Everton’s 5 Premier League matches.
Carlo Ancelotti is expecting to have Andre Gomes, Allan, and Seamus Coleman available for today’s game. Ben Godfrey could start from the bench today since the club’s most reliable defender Yerry Mina has fully recovered from his injury. However, Ancelotti could be tempted to find a formation that could accommodate both players at the same time.
Meanwhile, Mason Holgate, Jarrad Branthwaite, Jonjoe Kenny, Lucas Digne, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and Cenk Tosun are all still absent due to different degrees of injuries.
Everton probable starting eleven:
Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gomes, Allan, Doucoure; Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Liverpool Team’s news
Jurgen Klopp will have his new signing Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane available for today’s match since they have fully recovered from coronavirus. Also, Xherdan Shaqiri is available for the match after it was confirmed that he didn’t have coronavirus contrary to the previous test result.
On the other hand, Liverpool will not have Naby Keita available for the match as he is still battling to recover from Covid-19.
The sad news for Liverpool’s fans remains that the club’s first-choice goalkeeper is still battling to recover from his shoulder injury. And Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue to be absent due to a knee problem.
Liverpool probable starting eleven:
Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Prediction: Everton 1 : Liverpool 2