Everton's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Everton FC v Liverpool FC
Saturday 23rd November 12:45
Premier League Match 12
(Lukaku)Everton 2-1 Hull
(Mirallas, Pienaar)Aston Villa 0-2 Everton
(Lukaku, Osman)Everton 0-0 TottenhamCrystal Palace 0-0 EvertonLiverpool's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace
(Suarez, Sturridge, Gerrard Pen)Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool
(Gerrard Pen, Sturridge)Liverpool 4-1 West Brom
(Suarez x3, Sturridge)Arsenal 2-0 LiverpoolLiverpool 4-0 Fulham
(Amorebieta OG, Skrtel, Suarez x2)
Saturday's stalemate at Crystal Palace was a disappointment to say the least, however it shouldn't take the shine of a great start to the season. Should Everton have won at the weekend, it would have equalled the club's record points tally after 11 games. As it stands, Everton have exactly the same amount of wins, draws and defeats as they did at this stage of the season last year with 20 points.
The most amount of points Everton have gained after 11 games of a season came in 2004-05, the same season they finished 4th place in the league. Last season, Everton scored a third more goals than this season whilst also conceding 4 more goals. However in the 2012-13 season, it wasn't until the 30th game of the season that Everton achieved 6 clean sheets in the league, a feat already achieved this season.
Only 4 current Everton players have a Merseyside derby goal to their name. They have come at 3 different grounds with Steven Naismith and Leon Osman scoring at Goodison last season whilst Sylvain Distin is the only player to have scored at Anfield in a memorable 2-2 draw and Nikica Jelavic scored at Wembley. Dixie Dean has the most derby goals of any player in blue with 18 league goals and 1 in the FA Cup.
Possible Line Ups
Liverpool continued their fine home form at the weekend as they picked up their 5th victory in 6 home games this season. Only Chelsea have amassed more points (16), though Manchester City have won 5 in 5 at home. Their away form has also been good going into this fixture with 8 points from a possible 15, only Arsenal (13), Tottenham (10), Manchester United (9) and Everton (9) have picked up more. Overall, only Arsenal (22) have scored more goals this season than Liverpool (21).
Liverpool have made a massive improvement on last season at this stage. Rodgers struggled to get Liverpool going at the beginning of his tenure but as you can see they have almost double the amount of points than last season after 11 games. Liverpool achieved their most points tally after 11 games in the 2002-03 season when they sat top of the table with 27 points. However, it meant little in the end as Liverpool managed just 5th place in the league despite that unbeaten run.
Only 2 current Liverpool players have derby goals to their name. Steven Gerrard has the most of either side with 8 goals overall whilst Luis Suarez has 3 including 2 goals at Goodison Park last season. Ian Rush was Liverpool's most prolific derby day striker with 13 goals in the league and 25 goals overall against Everton.
Match stats and Injuries
Everton have 4 injury problems going into this game. Darron Gibson is out with an ACL Knee injury which will see him for most of the season whilst Arouna Kone also has a serious knee injury and will miss out. Apostolos Vellios is nursing a knock but Antolin Alcaraz is due to be fit after 4 months of injury set backs.
Liverpool are expected to have all but 2 players available at their disposal. Sebastian Coates also has an ACL injury which will put him out for most of the season and Iago Aspas is likely to be out for a further 3 weeks with a Thigh muscle strain.
James McCarthy and Lucas Leiva both went into last weekend on 4 yellow cards and in danger of missing out. However both managed to avoid a yellow card and will be available for the match.
This is the 221st Merseyside derby. It is the most played top flight derby in England and being played for the 51st successive season.