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Everton vs Liverpool: Writer Prediction League

Many of our writers are getting bold with the Merseyside Derby on the horizon.

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Everton are halfway through the toughest two-week span of its season. Last week, the Toffees picked up all three points against Arsenal, surprising the majority of our writers.

This week, Ronald Koeman’s side takes on Liverpool in the first Merseyside Derby of the season. Surely the Toffees cannot take another three points, right?

That was certainly the attitude of the majority of our writers last week against the Gunners, but we were made to look like fools for doubting Everton! Our picks from last week are below, with correct guesses in bold.

Writer Opener (1) MOTM (1) Winner (2) Score (2)
Adam Alexis Sanchez Lukaku Arsenal 3-1
Brian Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Ross Barkley Everton 2-1
Calvin Sanchez Gueye Arsenal 3-0
Darren Sanchez Gueye Arsenal 3-1
Matt Theo Walcott Maarten Stekelenburg Arsenal 3-0
Mike Theo Walcott Gueye Arsenal 2-0
Scott Lukaku Gueye Arsenal 3-1
Sean Mesut Ozil Gueye Everton 2-1
Tom Sanchez Barry Arsenal 3-1
Tyler Sanchez Stekelenburg Arsenal 2-0

Only Brian and Sean correctly predicted that Everton would win, and both of them also picked the correct scoreline! Five writers correctly selected Alexis Sanchez as the match's first goalscorer, and another five picked Idrissa Gueye correctly as Everton's man of the match.

With a few writers having big weeks, we have a substantially different prediction league table on our hands.

Writer Points
Sean 28
Calvin 26
Tyler 26
Adam 25
Darren 25
Brian 23
Mike 23
Tom 23
Scott 21
Mike 13

Sean, powered by a five-point week, launched to the top of the standings, two points clear of Tyler and Calvin. Darren and I are lurking nearby as well, but a small gap is opening up between the top half and bottom half for now.

This week, with Liverpool coming to Goodison Park, our writers are surprisingly confident.

Writer Opener (1) MOTM (1) Winner (2) Score (2)
Adam Divock Origi Aaron Lennon Liverpool 2-1
Brian Lukaku Kevin Mirallas Everton 3-2
Calvin Adam Lallana Stekelenburg Liverpool 3-1
Darren Lukaku Gueye Everton 2-1
Matt James Milner Barry Everton 2-1
Mike Roberto Firmino Lukaku Liverpool 2-1
Scott Lukaku Barkley Draw 2-2
Sean Origi Gueye Everton 2-1
Tom Barkley Lukaku Everton 2-1
Tyler Firmino Barkley Draw 2-2

Five writers are predicting an Everton victory on Monday, with four selecting the scoreline of 2-1. Brian alone has Everton winning by a different score, 3-2.

Scott and Tyler both foresee 2-2 draws, while the rest of us have Everton losing to Liverpool.

The opening scorer and man of the match predictions are pretty varied. Lukaku is the leading vote-getter for the first goal of the match, but only three writers chose him. Similarly, no Everton player received more than two votes for man of the match, so there's a very good chance one of us will get some points from that category this week!