A loss for Middlesbrough today could send them tumbling into the relegation zone. A win for Everton may inch them closer to European football. This will be a humongous three points for both teams.
The last time these two sides met was back in September at Goodison Park. The Toffees took home the spoils that day by a score of 3-1. All four goals were scored by Everton players as Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku all netted to rebound from an early (and controversial) own goal from Maarten Stekelenburg, which replay would later reveal should have been a foul on Boro.
It’s tough to find two teams headed in more opposite directions. Although Boro, unlike Everton, are still alive in the FA Cup, they are without a win in the league since December 17. And the hosts sport the lowest-scoring attack in the Prem, putting home just 19 goals in 24 games while conceding only 27, which makes them tied with Everton for the fourth-best defense.
Meanwhile, the Toffees are loving life. They have not lost a league game since December 19th and just had a goal-scoring frenzy last time out against Bournemouth. And you may have heard, Lukaku is the leading scorer in England’s top league and it sounds like he is ready to commit his future to the Blues.
Date and start time: Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England
Weather: 39°F/4°C, light rain, 90% chance of rain, 16 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: CNBC - United States; not listed - United Kingdom
Radio: TalkSport Radio, Everton Match Centre
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, evertonTV
Starting XI - Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Forshaw, De Roon, Traore, Stuani, Negredo
Bench - Guzan, Ayala, Leadbitter, Downing, Guedioura, Ramirez, Gestede
Starting XI - Joel, Baines (c), Funes Mori, Williams, Coleman, Gana, Schneiderlin, Davies, Lookman, Barkley, Lukaku
Bench - Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Kone, Lennon, Valencia, Holgate