Everton v Liverpool predicted lineups and match preview

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Everton take on Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season with just a point separating the two sides.

To be played on Sunday 4th October 2015 at 13:30. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Odds: Everton 7/4, Draw 29/12, Liverpool 15/8

This is probably one of the few Merseyside derbies in recent years that Everton have gone into as favourites, and it's also the first derby since the 1986 FA Cup final where the Reds are likely to be without a local lad in their starting XI.

Both sides have their fair share of injury worries at different ends of the field, with the Blues sweating on the fitness of Seamus Coleman and John Stones, while Liverpool could be without striker Christian Benteke - their most expensive signing of a busy transfer window.

Everton have added some momentum to their season, having come from two goals down to beat West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, building on some positive displays against Southampton and Chelsea, and they feel that now is the time to end their five-year derby drought.

Liverpool, however, despite being only one point behind their neighbours in the Premier League standings, have had an indifferent start to the season. They won their last league outing, with Daniel Sturridge back among the goals being a huge positive for the side, but were unable to make it back-to-back wins with an abject performance against Sion in the Europa League on Thursday - and there is real pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers. A derby win would ease the fears going into the international break.

Everton predicted lineup

  • Tim Howard
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Brendan Galloway
  • Phil Jagielka
  • John Stones
  • Ross Barkley
  • Gareth Barry
  • James McCarthy
  • Gerard Deulofeu
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Steven Naismith

“I know how important it is to get a victory - you only have to speak to the fans… but the only thing that matters at this stage is to get three points to take a promising start into an exciting start”
Roberto Martinez

Liverpool predicted lineup

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Emre Can
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Lucas Leiva
  • James Milner
  • Danny Ings
  • Daniel Sturridge

“We will always take the favourites tag. At Liverpool that's what you want. We're happy to take the favourites tag. We are Liverpool and we expect to work like that.”
Brendan Rodgers

 

Everton injury news

Tom Cleverley ★★★ out ankle

John Stones ★★ questionable knee

Muhamed Besic ★★ questionable hamstring

Seamus Coleman ★★ questionable hamstring

Leighton Baines ★★★ out ankle

Tony Hibbert ★★★ out knee

Steven Pienaar ★★★ out hamstring

Liverpool injury news

Jon Flanagan ★★★ out knee

Jordan Henderson ★★★ out broken foot

Roberto Firmino ★★★ out back

Dejan Lovren ★★★ out ankle

Christian Benteke ★★ questionable hamstring

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