We kick off Matchday five in the English top-flight with the Merseyside derby as Everton welcome the Liverpool to the Goodison Park. In this heated rivalry, we would see the league leaders clash with the defending champions.
The Toffees will feel they finally feel they have a chance to break that 10-year winless run against their local rivals. That being said, the Red side of Merseyside has been absolutely dominant in the local derby, unbeaten in 20 matches. However, with a new-look Everton on show in the derby for the first time, the whole world will tune in to see if the jinx is to be broken.
Carlo’s boys on the rise
Everton have made a statement pretty early into the season with blistering performances. They are heading into this game having won seven straight games in all competitions. As a result, they lead the Premier League table with a 100% record from four games. Apart from them, only Aston Villa have a 100% record but have played a game less. The Toffees also have an impressive goal-scoring record with 12 goals in the league- half of which were score by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The English league’s top scorer who has been nothing but stunning under Ancelotti will have a tough task going up against Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez
The Evertonians, once again, impressive in their previous game against Brighton as they ran out 4-2 winners. Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring in the 16h minute but the lead was cancelled out by Neil Maupay four minutes from the halftime break. Ancelotti’s troops retook the lead just before the halftime whistle as Mina headed in from James’ cross. James -with a brace- sealed the win for his side as they went into the international break atop the table.
Liverpool capitulate at Villa Park
The Reds enjoyed a stellar start to their successful 2019/20 campaign. They managed eight straight wins at the beginning of the season but were halted by Manchester United United on matchday nine. Although they had started the new season impressively, they were put to the sword by a resurgent Aston Villa just before the international break.
Liverpool conceded 7 goals in a match for the first time in 57 years as Villa recorded a famous victory. A first-half perfect hattrick from Ollie Watkins set the tone for this classic as the Villians were 4-1 up at halftime. Grealish- with a brace-, and Barkley were on the scoresheet in the second half to crown a terrific performance for the homes side
Everton vs Liverpool Team News
Everton have quite a few players on the injury list. Notable mentions include Cenk Tosun and Jonjoe Kenny. With regards to Klopp, he would have to stick with Adrian in goal with Alisson still ruled out. Mane and Thiago have both being given the all-clear after contracting the coronavirus. As a result, we expect to see them both in the starting XI.
Everton possible starting XI:
Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan, Doucoure, Gomes; James, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool possible starting XI:
Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, VVD, Gomez, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson; Mane, Salah, Firmino
Everton vs Liverpool Prediction: 2-2
We have a Premier League classic on our hands with arguably the most in-form team in the league going up against the defending champions. To add sauce to the affair, the matchup turns out to be a local derby. Klopp and his boys will be keen on getting back to winning ways following that calamitous performance last time out. However, the Everon on show this time is significantly different from the one they haven’t lost to in the last 20 games. However, we don’t see any particular team getting a win with both teams well on par at the moment.