So, the 220th Merseyside Derby ended all square, as Liverpool and Everton played out a largely disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield. Though Liverpool had the better of the chances it was the purple smoke bomb wielding Evertonians who will be left the most upset as Sylvain Distin’s goal was ruled out…. Post match, The Redmen TV bring you Uncensored analysis and the reactions of LFC fans worldwide…
Liverpool’s hopes of finishing above Everton in this season’s league table were dealt a severe blow after their city rivals held the Reds to a hard-fought stalemate today at Anfield. The draw leaves David Moyes’ side in sixth place, five points ahead of their Merseyside neighbours.
However, overhauling the Blues is by no means impossible yet.
In order to finish above them, Brendan Rodgers’ men must win their final two games, a trip to Fulham before welcoming QPR to Anfield on the final day. This would give the Reds a final points tally of 61.
If Liverpool fulfil their side of the permutation, Everton would need two points to ensure they retain their place above their rivals. The Blues host West Ham before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the final round of league fixtures.
Therefore, if Everton earn one point or less from their two remaining fixtures, Liverpool could take full advantage.
The Anfield faithful will therefore be hoping that West Ham, whose ranks include on-loan Reds striker Andy Carroll, and Chelsea, managed by ex-Reds manager Rafael Benitez, will provide a crucial aid as Liverpool attempt to prevent the ignominy of finishing below their bitter rivals from across Stanley Park for a second consecutive season, an event that has not occurred since 1937.
Sunday sees Liverpool face the Blue Sh*te from across Stanley Park in the 220th Merseyside Derby, and The Redmen TV have all the Uncensored Match Build up from both perspectives…
- It’s the most stressful time of the year!
- Can Moyes Break the 10 year curse?
- How Important For Rodgers to Keep it going?
- The Definition of Bitterness
- TRIVIA QUESTION
- Form Guide: Everton’s Dismal Away Form
- Dangerman Focus: Fellaini
- A Test of Character over Complacency following Newcastle Win?
- Thoughts On Both Lineups
- 5 points Gap- too much, too late?
- Score Predictions
- TRIVIA ANSWER
- A fabulous display of attacking football saw Liverpool rout Newcastle 0-6 at St James’ Park last weekend, with Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both grabbing braces.
- As always this derby will be full to the brim of emotion as the two sides of the Mersey battle for supremacy in a fixture with genuine European implications. Count on Steven Gerrard being as determined as any to leave his mark on this game. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Gerrard has all the tools for the job, having joined the select group of players to have completed more than 1,000 passes in the opponent’s half this season (1,032). He’s also been one of Liverpool’s top tacklers with a success rate of 62.7% from 83 attempted challenges.
- Many Liverpool fans may have wondered exactly were their goals were going to come from following Luis Suarez’s lengthy ban but Daniel Sturridge showcased his value to the Reds’ attacking line last weekend. Sturridge is in fact almost Suarez’s equal in his ability to create chances for himself this season, having average a shot on target on average once every 34.1 minutes this season. You can find Sturridge at 5/4 with 888sport.com to score at any time this weekend.
- Phillippe Coutinho was Newcastle’s tormenter in chief last weekend, the diminutive midfielder using his slick passing to carve the Magpies open. Coutinho is thriving in the Premier League despite concerns over his size and has on average completed a pass in the opponent’s half once every 4.9 minutes following his arrival on Merseyside.
- A Steven Pienaar goal kept Everton in the hunt for a European spot next season as they beat Fulham 1-0 at Goodison Park.
- Utilising the strengths of Marouane Fellaini will be crucial to Everton’s chances of success against a buoyant Liverpool side, but the Belgian must be careful not to let his tendency for ill-discipline catch up with him. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Fellaini has only been successful in 36.3% of his 135 attempted tackles this season.
- Look for Kevin Mirallas to test out the Liverpool defence this weekend as he has been doing to back fours all season. The elusive Belgian has established an excellent shot accuracy rate of 74.6% from 59 attempts this season so there is a strong likelihood of him being amongst the goals on Sunday. Mirallas is 3/1 to score any time this weekend with 888sport.com.
- At the other end of the park, Phil Jagielka will be crucial in helping to keep out a Liverpool attack full of confidence after their dismantling of Newcastle. The England centre-half has one of the best defensive records in the league this season, making a defensive contribution on average once every 9.7 minutes he’s been on the pitch this season.
Team News: Fabio Borini is back, he started on the bench against Newcastle and scored just seconds after coming on. Joe Allen is out for the rest of the season. Martin Kelly is making a good recovery however Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he will not play again this season. Raheem Sterling might feature after being out for a couple of weeks due to a thigh injury. Luis Suarez will serve his second of a ten game ban.
Form: Liverpool returned from St. James Park with three points and a “goal fiesta”. The 6-0 victory against Newcastle boosted the Reds hope for some European football next season. Prior to the victory at Newcastle, the Reds had to share points with West Ham, Reading and Chelsea. Young Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have been a breathe of fresh air for the Reds and have turned things around for Liverpool.
Head-to-head: The Merseyside derby has been played a total of 198 times. Liverpool have won it 76 times, while Everton got 60 victories, 62 games ended in draws. Earlier this season the derby ended in a 2-2 draw. A Leighton Baines own goal followed by a Luis Suarez goal gave The Reds a 2-0 lead however the Toffees were able to salvage a point with goals from Leon Osman and Steven Naismith.
Best Bets: Liverpool are strong favorites in the eyes of the bookies, with odds at $1.98 – (£1.32) at time of writing (Luxbet).
Predicted Lineup : Pepe Reina, Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson, Phillipe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva, Steve Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Daniel Sturridge
Formation : 4-3-3
Predicted Scoreline : Liverpool 2 (Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard) – Everton 0