The Merseyside derby is never a fixture that needs hyping up. But this Saturday’s lunchtime showdown looks set to be a close call, with both sides enjoying decent starts to 2011/12.
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While both clubs will admit that they are highly unlikely to challenge for the Premier League crown this season, the Scouse pair – Liverpool possibly more so – will feel that they can sneak into that fourth spot; a huge prize these days given the Champions League riches on offer.
The Reds are in a period of transition – with Kenny Dalglish trying to form a group of mainly young English talent – and the Toffees are bound by financial constraints. However, with Arsenal not the power they used to be and Spurs a little hit and miss, fourth spot is up for grabs this season. Both Merseyside clubs will feel they are in with a shout.
Liverpool will most probably enter the game as very slight favourites, with Dalglish’s men sitting in fifth position – six places ahead of their city rivals. But with a packed Goodison Park ready to raise the roof, Everton won’t be short of vociferous support this Saturday lunchtime.
The home side go into the clash on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Man City but prior to that, they were unbeaten in three and will feel confident ahead of the derby fixture. After all, not many teams will get much reward from a trip to the Etihad Stadium this season.
Liverpool won last time out when Wolves came to Anfield but before that, they had a nightmare Sunday afternoon in North London, losing 4-0 at Spurs and going down to nine men in the process.
The action kicks off at 12:45 on Saturday and we should be expecting goals, goals goals. A prediction? Oh go on then. 3-2 to Liverpool.