Everton v Liverpool Preview

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The first Merseyside derby of the season takes place at Goodison Park on Wednesday 1 December, as Everton welcome Liverpool.

Everton have dropped down to fourteenth place after a dismal run of form, whilst Liverpool sit third, just one point behind Manchester City, and two-points behind leaders, Chelsea.

Everton enduring a slump

After a good start to the season, the Toffees have endured a miserable run of form lately, which has seen them win just two of their last 10 league games. The pressure is certainly mounting on former Liverpool boos, Rafa Benitez, who needs his star forward, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, back as soon as possible.

Everton’s form at Goodison Park is quite good, having won three of their six home games so far, but they haven’t won in front of the own fans since a 2-0 victory against Norwich at the end of September. Since that success, they have suffered home defeats against West Ham and a 5-2 mauling at the hands of Watford.

Everton go into this game off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Brentford.

Liverpool look back to form

After Liverpool delivered a stunning performance to win 5-0 at Manchester United, they went on to drop points when being held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Brighton, before losing 3-2 at West Ham. However, Jurgen Klopp’s men have bounced back from those setbacks to qualify as group winners in the Champions League and record successive 4-0 wins against Arsenal and then Southampton at the weekend.

The Reds away form is impressive too, with four wins and a draw from their six games on the road. However, their one away defeat did come when they last played away from Anfield when they were beaten by the Hammers.

That said, they have scored 21 goals in those six away games, which is by far the most goals from a Premier League team on their travels, which makes them a very real threat.

Head-to-head meetings

Last season saw Everton beat Liverpool for the first time in over a decade, after a run of 23 games in all competitions without success for the blue side of Merseyside. They will be buoyed by remaining unbeaten against the Reds in their last three meetings including a 2-2 home draw last term, and their famous 2-0 win at Anfield thanks to goals from Richarlison and a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty.

The Reds have also not won at Goodison Park since 2016 with their last four visits ending in a draw, including three 0-0 stalemates.

However, with the form both sides are currently in, Liverpool will go into the game as strong favourites, but form goes out of the window in derby games.

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