Everton's last 5 matchesTottenham 0-0 EvertonEverton 3-1 Chelsea
Everton FC v Liverpool FC
Sunday 4th October 13:30
Premier League Match 8
(Naismith x3)Swansea 0-0 EvertonReading 1-2 Everton
- Capital One Cup (Barkley, Deulofeu)West Brom 2-3 Everton
(Lukaku x2, Kone)Liverpool's last 5 matchesBordeaux 1-1 Liverpool
- Europa League (Lallana)Liverpool 1-1 Norwich
(Ings)Liverpool 1-1 Carlisle (3-2 Pens)
- Capital One Cup (Ings)Liverpool 3-2 Aston Villa
(Milner, Sturridge x2)
Liverpool v FC Sion - Europa League (Thursday)
Everton go into this match on the back of a 3-2 victory away to West Brom after initially trailing 2-0 at the Hawthorns. It was just the second time in the Premier League era where Everton have won from 2 goals down in a match, the last time during that Wimbledon match in 94 and it's the first time Everton have come from two goals down in an away league match since November 1985. Everton found themselves 2-0 down and 3-1 down away to Ipswich in 1985 but goals from Adrian Heath, Graeme Sharp, Kevin Sheedy and a Trevor Steven penalty secured maximum points that day. Everton have collected twice as many points this season (12) than they had at the same stage of last season (6) and have gained four more points than they did from the corresponding fixtures of last season. Everton have failed to score in three of their last six matches but have scored three goals in each one of the other three fixtures. Everton will have four players in their squad (Osman, Naismith, Lukaku, Jagielka - Mirallas suspended) who have netted in a Merseyside derby whilst Liverpool's squad will have just two players (Coutinho, Sturridge).
Philippe Coutinho was nominated for PFA Player of the Year last season and included in the PFA Team of the Year but the Brazilian has been diminished by Ross Barkley so far this season who posts some very favourable stats by comparison. The Everton midfielder has already surpassed his goals and assists tally (2 goals, 2 assists) from last season and leads Coutinho in both categories. Only Alexis Sanchez (38) has had more shots on goal than Coutinho (35) in the league this season and despite 70% of Barkley's efforts coming from outside the box, he boasts a better shot accuracy than the Liverpool midfielder who has taken 55% of his shots from outside the box. Coutinho created 58 chances last season compared to the 33 chances created by Barkley but it's the Everton man who has made the more impressive start to the season having already created 16 chances whilst Coutinho sits on 6.
Liverpool picked up their third Premier League victory of the season with a 3-2 win at home to struggling Aston Villa last weekend, putting an end to a six match win drought in all competitions. Despite starting off the season with three successive clean sheets, Liverpool have now failed to keep out the opposition in each of their last four Premier League fixtures and have conceded 9 goals, the second most behind Leicester (10), over that four match period. Only Watford (5) and the two North-East disasters (5 & 6) have scored fewer goals than Liverpool this season (7) and the reds have only scored fewer goals in the opening seven matches in one of their previous Premier League campaigns (05-06, 5 goals). Liverpool have a very good record in this fixture and they're unbeaten in the last ten meetings against Everton in all competitions (W4, D6) and have only lost three of their 16 league matches at Goodison Park since the turn of the century (W9, D4).
Brendan Rodgers has made a struggling start to the season but he certainly can't blame the fixture list for Liverpool's troubles. Based on last season's final Premier League table with the newly promoted sides replacing the recently relegated, the average league position of Liverpool's opposition this season is the fourth lowest of any side, having taken on three of the four lowest positions already. Meanwhile, Everton's start to the season has been among the toughest in the league having already faced five of last season's top 8 and with Liverpool (6th place) and Manchester United (4th place) to come in their next two premier league fixtures yet it's the Toffees who come into this match with more points and higher in the table.
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