Everton vs Liverpool

Saturday, 7 April, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
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Idrrissa Gueye will undergo a late fitness test to determine if he has sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury

Everton face another unwanted clash with neighbours Liverpool, hoping to register their first derby win in eight years.

Without a victory over a top-six side at all this season — indeed, with just three draws and only two goals so far, the Blues' record against those clubs is really poor — Everton must deal with a reds side in ominous form, albeit probably without top scorer, Muhamed Salah.

Fresh off their 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League and having won five of the last six in the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp's side are not the kind of opposition Sam Allardyce's men will be looking forward to facing after being schooled by City on their own turf last weekend.

Salah, who can't stop scoring it seems as he vies with Harry Kane for the Golden Boot, will undergo a late fitness test after injuring his groin in midweek, a problem that looked at the time to have certainly ruled him out of the derby but Klopp remains hopeful he can still make it.

Everton, meanwhile, will be looking to Idrissa Gueye to shake off a hamstring injury. The Senegalese international was sorely missed last Saturday as Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin were overrun by City's irrepressible midfield.

Gueye is expected to be fit and will surely start if deemed as such. Ashley Williams returns from suspension but is unlikely to be included in the starting XI. Gylfi Sigurdsson is ruled out as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

In his pre-match press conference, Allardyce was pinning his hopes of Liverpool not having had enough time to recover from their exertions in midweek. The manager said he would be looking for his side to contain the reds' attacking threat and hopefully "get a chance to put the ball in the back of the net."

Kick-off: 12:30pm, Saturday 7 April, 2018
Referee: Michael Oliver
Last Time: Everton 0 - 1 Liverpool

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Gueye, Rooney, Davies, Walcott, Bolasie, Tosun


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