Everton - Last 5 domestic matchesEverton 1-1 West Ham
Everton FC v Liverpool FC
Saturday 7th January 17:30
Premier League Match #24
- FA Cup (Lukaku) Everton 1-1 Manchester City
(Naismith)West Ham 2-2 (9-8 pens) Everton
- FA Cup (Mirallas, Lukaku)Everton 0-0 West Brom Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
(Lukaku)Liverpool - Last 5 domestic matchesLiverpool 1-1 Chelsea
- League Cup (Sterling)Liverpool 0-0 Bolton
- FA CupChelsea 1-0 Liverpool
- League CupLiverpool 2-0 West Ham
(Sterling, Sturridge)Bolton 1-2 Liverpool
- FA Cup (Sterling, Coutinho)
Everton's 1-0 victory away to Crystal Palace ended an 8 match streak without a win in all competitions and a run of 5 straight away defeats in the Premier League. However, if you're an optimist then Everton extended their unbeaten run to 5 matches in all competitions (excluding penalty shoot-outs) as they kept back to back clean sheets for the first time since April 2014. Romelu Lukaku is the only player in Everton's squad with more than one goal in the Merseyside Derby thanks to a brace he scored in this fixture last season. Everton haven't won a Merseyside Derby since 2010, failing to win any of the last 9 fixtures, though Everton hold the record over Liverpool with a run of 14 matches unbeaten during the 1940's.
John Stones and Phil Jagielka have only been paired together in the centre of defence this season in 6 Premier League matches and have conceded just 5 goals and being responsible for 3 of Everton's 4 clean sheets this season. Last season's preferred partnership of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka have conceded 23 goals in 11 matches when they've started together this season, including 10 goals in the opening three fixtures of the league season. Everton have only managed to keep a clean sheet in two of the last 16 Premier League matches against Liverpool and have conceded 29 goals in 14 of those fixtures, scoring just 12 goals themselves over the 16 fixtures.
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Liverpool recorded their third league win in a row with a 2-0 victory against West Ham United at Anfield last weekend, stretching their unbeaten league run to 7 matches. Liverpool top the form table with 16 points from a possible 18 in recent weeks and only Manchester City (14) have taken more points over the last 6 away matches than the reds (12). Liverpool will face their 7th match in 21 days during this fixture, including four cup matches which seen them exit the league cup at the semi final stage and beat Bolton after a replay in the FA Cup. By comparison, this will be Everton's third match in the same period. Steven Gerrard has 10 goals agianst the Toffees as he approaches what is likely to be his last match against Everton but all but two of his goals have come at Anfield, the last at Goodison Park came in a 3-1 win back in March 2005.
Liverpool are yet to lose a derby match under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers but they've only managed to win one of the 5 matches during his tenure. Liverpool's recent league record in this fixture is impressive having only lost one of the last 16 Premier League meetings (W8, D7, L1). Everton are one of six current Premier League sides yet to be on the winning side against Brendan Rodgers with relative newcomers QPR, Leicester and Burnley on the list alongside his former side Swansea City, who are yet to win in 5 matches against the reds and Sunderland who have failed to any of their 6 matches.
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