First Merseyside derby of the season to take place at Goodison Park.
Everton meet arch rivals Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season. Which side of Stanley Park will emerge victorious? Brendan Rodgers lost both his games against Everton as Swansea boss, but Toffees manager David Moyes doesn’t have a particularly great record in the derby himself. It’s all to play for – with local bragging rights at stake.
Venue Goodison Park, Sunday 4pm
Last season Everton 0 Liverpool 2
Referee Andre Marriner
This season’s matches 4 Y9, R0, 2.25 cards per game
Odds Everton 7-4 Liverpool 15-8 Draw 12-5
Subs from Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy, Garbutt, McAleny
Doubtful Fellaini (knee), Hibbert (calf)
Injured Gibson (thigh, 3 Nov)
Suspended Pienaar (one match)
Form guide DDWWDL
Disciplinary record Y15 R1
Leading scorer Jelavic 4
Subs from Doni, Jones, José Enrique, Sahin, Cole, Assaidi, Pachecho, Coates, Henderson, Downing, Wilson, Carragher, Coady, Yesil, Flanagan, Robinson
Doubtful Reina (hamstring)
Injured Lucas (thigh, 25 Nov), Borini (foot, Jan), Kelly (knee, Mar)
Form guide WDWLDL
Disciplinary record Y11 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 5
CaughtOffside Predicted Line-Ups
This will be the 219th Merseyside derby – Liverpool have 87 wins, Everton 66 wins, with 65 draws.
There have been 20 red cards in this fixture during the Premier League era – six more than any other fixture in the division.
Everton have won just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W1, D3, L7).
David Moyes has won just four of his 23 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (13 defeats). All of those victories were at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League matches (W9, D7, L1) – September’s 2-0 defeat by West Brom.
Everton have hit the woodwork 10 times in the league this season, more than any other team in the Premier League.
But they have scored 15 goals in eight games – their best tally at the equivalent stage of any Premier League season.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games (W2, D1), marking their longest run in 2012.
They have kept clean sheets in each of their last two games – the first time they have managed consecutive shut-outs since February.
The Reds are looking to register back-to-back league wins for the first time since December 2011.
This will be Brendan Rodgers’s first Merseyside derby in charge of Liverpool – he lost both games against Everton as Swansea manager last season.
CaughtOffside Prediction: 1-2. Luis Suarez to trouble Sylvain Distin as Brendan Rodgers gains his most crucial victory yet as Liverpool manager.