One of the English top-flight’s biggest rivalries continues at Everton on Wednesday. Who will feature and what will the result be, in this epic EPL showdown?
Two Merseyside rivals face-off in Wednesday’s English Premier League (EPL) derby, as Everton and Liverpool do battle at Goodison Park.
The Toffees lost 0-1 at Brentford last time out, while Jürgen Klopp’s side strolled to a 4-0 triumph, at home to Southampton.
Going into this encounter, Liverpool occupy 3rd position, on 28 points and just 2 behind leaders, Chelsea. However, after a solid start to the season, Rafael Benítez’s men are currently languishing in 14th place, with 15 points.
Everton will be happy to welcome Richarlison back from suspension for this contest, but Mason Holgate is facing the last match of his own ban.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin should return before Christmas, but it won’t be this weekend. Meanwhile, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies, and André Gomes all look likely to miss out as well.
Salomón Rondón is sure to drop down to the bench to make way for the returning Richarlison, and Anthony Gordon may also step aside if winger, Demarai Gray, is considered fit enough to start.
For Liverpool, the injured quintet of Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliott, Roberto Firmino, and Curtis Jones are all still out, but Klopp has no new injury worries after the Southampton win.
The Reds’ manager won’t want to rotate too much for a fiery Merseyside derby, with the only real question mark coming in defence, where Ibrahima Konaté is looking to keep his spot ahead of Joël Matip.
Thiago Alcântara should start again, after lasting just under 60 minutes against Southampton, but James Milner’s midfield experience could prove crucial in this gigantic encounter.
A weakened Everton backline, combined with a misfiring attack means that The Toffees are ill-equipped to take anything from this game. Liverpool, however, are in great form, and we expect The Reds to cruise to a 3-0 away victory, with 2 goals coming in the first half.