It’s the Merseyside Derby as Liverpool host Everton in a thrilling Premier League contest at Anfield on Saturday evening.
The defending champions have dropped down to 6th place in the points table, following a drastic dip in form since the new year, and now sit just 3 points above their city rivals. The Reds have lost their last 3 league games, 2 at home and 1 away, but are coming here after a morale-boosting 2-0 midweek away win over Leipzig in Round of 16 of the Champions League. A victory here will take them as high as 4th place provisionally.
Their city rivals, Everton, are also struggling for consistency in the league since the turn of the year, having won just 2 league matches out of the 8 played. After a thrilling 5-4 win over Spurs in the FA Cup, the Toffees have lost 2 consecutive home matches, against Fulham and Manchester City, in the league. A win here will see them on level in terms of points with Liverpool.
This will be the 289th meeting between these two teams. Liverpool hold a clear advantage, having won 121 matches as compared to Everton’s 82 wins. The remaining 85 games were drawn. Moreover, Liverpool have not lost any of the last 5 matches played between these two teams, having won 2 and drawn 3.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in October last year and ended in a 2-2 draw. M Keane and D Calvert-Lewin were on target for Everton, while S Mane and M Salah scored the goals for Liverpool.
Liverpool have remained unbeaten in their last 23 meetings with Everton across all competitions (W11, D12), their longest unbeaten streak against an opponent in their history.
Liverpool vs. Everton is the most drawn fixture in Premier League history, with 24 of the matches played between these two sides ending in draws. The Merseyside Derby has also seen more red cards (22) than any other fixture in the competition.
Everton have not won any of their last 20 Premier League away games against Liverpool (D9, L11), having last won at Anfield in September 1999.
Liverpool’s M Salah has scored in each of his last two league appearances but ended on the losing side in both the games. The last player to score in 3 in a row in the competition but still end up on the losing side in all three matches was M Antonio of West Ham United in September 2016.
- Match: Liverpool vs. Everton
- Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
- Date & Time: Feb. 20, 2021, at 11 PM IST
- Injured: J Matip, V van Dijk, Fabinho, J Gomez, J Milner
- Doubtful: None
- Suspended/Unavailable: D Jota, N Keita
- Injured: J Branthwaite, Y Mina
- Doubtful: None
- Suspended/Unavailable: J Philippe Gbamin
- Liverpool form guide: W-L-L-L-W
- Everton form guide: L-L-W-D-W
Predicted Starting XI
Alisson (GK); T Alexander-Arnold, O Kabak, J Henderson, A Robertson; Thiago, G Wijnaldum, C Jones; S Mane, R Firmino, M Salah
J Pickford (GK); M Holgate, S Coleman, M Keane, L Digne; A Doucoure, Allan; G Sigurdsson, J Rodriguez, Richarlison; D Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool will be confident after their midweek win over Leipzig and will be looking to improve on their performances from the last two matches.
Everton’s away form is far better than their recent record, but it is impossible to ignore their struggles at Anfield that stretch back to more than 20 years.
Expect an exciting contest, with the hosts winning the match and taking 3 points.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: Allison
- Defenders: A Robertson, T Alexander-Arnold, O Kabak, L Digne
- Midfielders: S Mane, C Jones, A Doucoure
- Forwards: M Salah, Richarlison, D Calvert-Lewin
- Captain: M Salah/S Mane
- Vice Captain: D Calvert-Lewin/Richarlison
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