Everton travel across Stanley Park to take on Liverpool in the 228th edition of the Merseyside Derby on Saturday. While the fixture has been known as the friendly derby with the blue-red divide running within families, it is also the most bad-tempered fixture in English football with 21 red cards brandished over the years.
In recent years the Blues have come off decidedly second-best in the clashes between the two bitter rivals, and nowhere is this futility more marked than at Anfield.
Form has tended to get thrown out the window for Derby games, which is a shame for the Toffees who have sparkled in 2017, mostly at home.
Everton have done well in their last ten games in terms of taking more shots for and giving up fewer shots against. They’ve also been very good at shot conversion for goals scored and the corresponding defensive number, with the defence and goalkeeper standing strong.
The bookmakers’ odds are reflecting Everton’s poor record away at Liverpool as well as the streak on injuries during the international break that sees the Blues go into the game with three regular starters out.
Finally, here’s how the two teams have been performing recently before you do go out and try a flutter for the Derby.