Merseyside Bragging Rights On The Line

Steve Gerrard is no stranger to finding the back of the net. Image courtesy of:
Steven Gerrard will hope to continue David Moyes's dismal record at Anfield. Image courtesy of
It has been 50 years since Everton last finished on top of Liverpool two straight seasons, but a win at Anfield over its great rival on Sunday night (AEST) will see the Toffees retain Merseyside bragging rights for the second year in a row. Liverpool has won seven of the past eleven derby clashes, with Everton’s solitary victory in that period coming in a home win at Goodison Park early in the 2010 season. Remarkably, Toffees boss David Moyes has never won at Anfield in the Premier League throughout his long coaching career with Everton.

The teams drew 2-2 earlier this season after the Reds had won just two of their first eight games. Liverpool is unbeaten in its last five and comes in to this match on the back of a 6-0 belting of Newcastle at St James’s Park last weekend. With Luis Suarez beginning a ten-match ban, Daniel Sturridge filled the breach admirably with a brace of goals.

Everton has more to play for as it is still in the hunt for a Europa League spot sitting three points behind Tottenham, although Spurs have a game in hand. The Toffees have lost just one of their past eight games, picking up five wins along the way. Each of those victories came at Goodison Park, though, but at least this is by far and away their shortest road trip of the season.

Realistically, Everton needs to win this match to have any hope of snaring that final Europa League spot, so it could allow for an open game. Three of the past four clashes between these teams have finished with over 2.5 goals .

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