Everton will face Liverpool at Goodison Park Stadium at English Premier League. Everton against Liverpool is the match with big interest after their previous matches at most competitive English football league. This Merseyside derby match is always very interesting to watch. This derby is the longest running derby between top clubs in England. Two major clubs of Liverpool have been fighting every time for the title of the best team in Merseyside since 1962/63 season.
Ian Rush is the top scorer in the Merseyside derby with 25 scored goals for Liverpool. Since the beginning of this historical clash, in total teams played 232 times in all competitions, 93 times Liverpool won, 73 times Everton. The teams played draw 73 times, Liverpool scored 325 goals, while Everton 260. Teams are fundamentally fighting in every game to defend the honor of their club and win the respect of the fans! Review our thoughts on this match here below.
The Blues started the season very well with newbie Richarlison ahead. However, now they lost their game again and won only 4 of 10 last matches. Last year they took 8th place in Premier League and left without participation in Europe competitions. It seems that this season for them will be the same thing since they are in in the 9th place of the table and separated by 14 points before hitting at least the Europa League. Everton now has the same number of goals scored and conceded – 39 goals each. The acquisition of Richarlison was certainly very good, but one cannot change everything there since there is still a lot of work to be done.
In the summer of the year 2018, Everton made a big work by signing Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne from Barcelona for 50m €. Moreover, Andre Gomes came to help the club on Loan from Barca. In addition, Everton bought Richarlison from Watford for 40m € and Bernard on a free transfer form Donetsk Shakhtar. In general, the team has good and talented players who can play nicely and fastly. Apparently, the problem is in tactics since the team cannot achieve the desired results and already hardly achieve until the end of this season. All squad players are fit and ready to face the biggest rival.
The Toffees this season are great at stealing the ball from the opposition, attacking set pieces and down the wings. Very likely that at even at home pitch they will give the possession to Liverpool and play width and aggressively. Unfortunately, they look very weak at defending against through ball attack, avoiding individual errors and defending set pieces.
This season, Liverpool is playing very good and high-quality football. They are currently the best team in defense in whole Premier League because they conceded only 15 goals in 27 games. Now they stand at the 1st place and have only 1 point between Manchester City. They should blame themselves for it since they played 3 draws in the last 5 matches in such an important period. In general, this season, the Reds lost only once. They are favorites for winning the Premier League, although there are so many critics who are confident that, as always, they will not do it at the last moment. Especially knowing how Klopp is unsuccessful in the finals.
As well as the team is the best in defense, they are also second in the attack after Manchester City with 59 scored goals. Of course, with such an attack like Liverpool have, it’s hard not to score the goals, especially when the best FIFA player in 2018 is playing in the team. In general, the trio – Mane, Firmino, and Salah always give results and play at the highest level. All main players of the first eleven are fit and ready for the clash. However, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss few next matches due to injuries.
The Reds are great this season at counter attacks, attacking set pieces, finishing scoring chances and defending set pieces. Very likely that they will play possessional football with short passes and control the game in the opposition’s half.
Everton won against Liverpool last time in far 2010/11 season. Since that match, they played 18 games, where Liverpool was stronger 9 times. Every match is very tough for both teams. For example, the last one at the first round between them this season could be finished without goals, however, D. Origi scored in the 6th additional minute. In Anfield Stadium Liverpool controlled the game and had 58% possession. However, Everton also looked very confident and could take home at least 1 point.
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