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Everton Vs Liverpool: Match Preview

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Everton and Liverpool will go head-to-head in a crunch Merseyside derby at Goodison Park this Sunday, as both teams aim to steady their topsy-turvy Premier League campaign.

Though this fixture is almost always abuzz with multiple talking points and expectations are sky-high from both sets of fans, the lead up to it this time is highlighted by talks of Brendan Rodgers future at Anfield. The 42-year-old’s job is almost certainly on the line.

Having seen his side secure just three wins from seven league matches, the Northern Irishman has received a lot of flak of late for the team’s failing. He would be under the scorching gaze of the fans, and more importantly, the club’s owners should they slip to another defeat.

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Rodgers would heavily be reliant on his star players, more notably Daniel Sturridge, to wriggle him out of his current predicament. A defeat could dash his bid of retaining his job and might be the final nail in the coffin.

Liverpool’s narrow 3-2 win last weekend over Aston Villa at Anfield did enough to ease the anxiety and uneasiness around the club, but only slightly. The Reds will be vying to display consistency with a win and remain within touching distance with their top-four rivals. They are currently two points off Arsenal who occupy the fourth slot.

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The Toffees meanwhile will strive to build on their inspiring come-from-behind win at the Hawthorns. Currently occupying the fifth place, Roberto Martinez’s men will be desperate to halt their recent poor run of results against Liverpool, having last beaten the Reds in October 2010. They have failed to beat their city rivals in the last ten meetings.

Everton

Martinez is not expected to tinker too much with the starting eleven he fielded against West Bromwich Albion. Kevin Mirallas won’t be available as he sees out the last of his three-match suspension. The frontline will be spearheaded by Romelu Lukaku supported by an in-form Steven Naismith.

John Stones, who missed the outing at the Hawthorns due to knee injury, is set to make a return, meaning that Ramiro Funes Mori will be dropped to the bench.

Expected Starting Eleven:
Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway, Steven Naismith, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry, Gerrard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku

Last five EPL results:
W D W D L

Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has encountered a set of injury setbacks lately. Christian Benteke played no part in the Reds 3-2 win last week after being sidelined with a hamstring injury. The Belgium international might be available however for Sunday’s game, but is likely to start on the bench as Rodgers will probably pair up Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings up front after their impressive display last week.

Expected Starting Eleven:
Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge

Last five EPL results:
W D L L D

Prediction:

The contest promises to be a high-scoring one with very little to choose between the two teams judging by their recent run of form. A draw appears to be the likely result.

Everton 2 : 2 Liverpool

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