Martinez hoping 'spookiness' at Everton continues for Liverpool game

Leighton Baines

Roberto Martinez is hoping that Everton can repeat history and beat Liverpool on September 27th once again.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping that the 'spooky' goings on at the club continue into the derby match against Liverpool at the weekend.

The Toffees lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at the weekend, the same score the Eagles managed to beat them by in the previous season, and he is hoping that the records continue to be emulated on Saturday in the Merseyside derby.

"The defeat against Crystal Palace, there was something spooky about it," Martinez said to Sky Sports.

“The last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was 27 September, so I hope the spookiness carries on at the weekend."

Everton have just one win to their name so far this season and they will hoping that they can put this right at the weekend.

Martinez's men raised expectations last campaign, when they climbed to fifth in the table, but they have fallen short this time around.

The Toffees have had a tough run of fixtures, but they would have been expecting to pick up more points over the first five games. 

Things looked to have turned around for the side after they collected wins against West Bromwich Albion and Wolfsburg, in the Europa League, but the aforementioned defeat to Palace sent them back to square one. 

It has been a similar story for Liverpool, who are in danger of becoming victims of their own success.

The Reds were brilliant last campaign, as they came up just short of winning the title and there was an anticipation that a similar performance could be achieved this year.

However, Brendan Rodgers' side have looked vulnerable over their first few games and already have lost three times over the opening of the Premier League season.

It means that neither side can really afford to lose the derby match at the weekend, as a loss will damage their fragile confidence even more, and it sets the game up to be a really exciting encounter, as Martinez admits. 

"The game is going to be really exciting, I think it's going to be one of the best derbies," the Spaniard said.

“The last two were very good from a technical point of view and very good football games, and I think this one is building up towards being a very good game.”

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