Liverpool vs Everton preview

Game : Liverpool ( 2nd- 46 points) vs Everton ( 6th- 35 points)

Competition : English Premier League

Venue : Anfield, Liverpool

Date : Monday, January 19, 2009

Time : 20.00 GMT

David Moyes’ Everton face Liverpool in a Merseyside derby on Monday night that promises to be a tightly fought contest. With Manchester United beating Bolton and going to the top of the Premiership, Liverpool would want a win to restore their lead.

Liverpool drew 0-0 with Stoke City last week, and Rafa Benitez knows that his side cannot afford to drop any further points if they are to win their maiden Premiership title. Midfielder Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres are both fit and ready to start. In the last two games between Everton and Liverpool, all the goals have been scored by Torres. Fancy him to score? He is at 3.800 to score the first goal of the game at 12Bet. Alvaro Arbeloa is also expected to return to the playing eleven, hut fellow defender Daniel Agger is likely to miss out due to injury.

Liverpool form- last five games- all competitions ( Liverpool scorers in brackets)

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool
Preston North End 0-2 Liverpool ( Albert Riera, Fernando Torres)
Newcastle United 1-5 Liverpool ( Steven Gerrard*2, Xabi Alonso, Sami Hyypia, Ryan Babel)
Liverpool 3-0 Bolton Wanderers ( Albert Riera, Robbie Keane*2)
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool ( Robbie Keane)

Everton do not have a recognised striker upfront currently, but the Toffees have not let that fact affect their game, having won their last four games. Star midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended, and Everton will miss him. James Vaughan, Louis Saha, Victor Anichebe and Yakubu are all out injured.

Marouane Felllaini will miss this game through suspension
Marouane Felllaini will miss this game through suspension

Everton form- last five games- all competitions- Everton scorers in brackets

Everton 2-0 Hull ( Marouane Fellaini, Mikel Arteta)
Macclesfield 0-1 Everton ( Leon Osman)
Everton 3-0 Sunderland ( Mikel Arteta*2, Dan Gosling)
Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton ( Tim Cahill)
Chelsea 0-0 Everton

Everton’s last win against Liverpool in a Merseyside derby was in 2006, when Andy Johnson scored twice and Tim Cahill netting once in a 3-0 win. You have to turn the clock back to 1999 for their last win against Liverpool at Anfield.

Match Prediction :- Liverpool 2-0 Everton ( Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard)

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