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ToffeeLinks 23/10/2012: Are Everton Favorites for the Merseyside Derby?

Earlier than normal start of news and rumors for the next mach as its the most important of the season. Also, rumors now begin on Schalke midfielder and Everton supporter Lewis Holtby.

Alexander Hassenstein

To what extent are Everton favourites? |
"Everton and Liverpool's first meeting of the season is far too close to call despite, the contrasting starts of the two teams."

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina eyeing comeback but has faith in Brad Jones - Premier League News | TEAMtalk
Reina seems like he will be fit for the match.

Ian Snodin: Everton FC can still win Merseyside derby without Steven Pienaar - Liverpool Echo
Opinion piece...

Everton FC U21s 1 Arsenal U21s 2 - Liverpool Echo
"Alan Stubbs believes his Everton under-21s will have learned from their 2-1 defeat by a strong Arsenal side including Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong."

-- Vellios opened up the scoring but Arsenal scored the next two to win the match.

Everton FC: Lewis Holtby speaks of his love for the Blues - Chester Chronicle
"Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby has again spoken of his love for Everton in response to questions about a potential move to the Premier League."

-- We've been linked with Holtby a couple of times and he hasn't shied away about wanting to play in the Premier League. His contract runs out soon so there will be more and more news surrounding him as the season progresses.

Holtby expresses desire to move to the Premier League |
Supposedly no one from the English FA called him. Another huge fail from England. Now he plays for Germany.

Liverpool Transfer News: Walcott, Huntelaar, Sturridge and Holtby Involved in Latest Speculation
If we lose Holtby to Liverpool, I will not be a happy human.

Everton FC legend Dixie Dean’s daughter marries in suite named after her dad at Goodison Park - Liverpool Echo
This is news...