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Posté le: Ven 6 Avr - 09:47 (2018) Sujet du message: EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL PREVIEW STATS, KEY MEN & TEAM NEWS
wwwpic5678Generally, a Merseyside derby is a marquee event in the Premier League calendar, at least for the fans of the two teams. But this season, from Liverpool’s perspective it feels more like an ill-timed intermission in an engrossing film that the Champions League quarter finals promise to be. From Everton’s point of view, the season is more or less over, as even the bragging rights of finishing above the Reds are beyond their reach. But, that does not mean that either side will simply go through the motions on Saturday, when they meet at lunchtime. Winning the derby is always important and we can expect both the sides to try and do exactly that.
Everton are ninth placed with 40 points and six games to play. They certainly cannot catch Liverpool, who are third with 66 points, even if they win every single game and the Reds lose all of theirs. But, Sam Allardyce loves a challenge against the Big Six and has had some memorable games against Liverpool when he has frustrated the Reds. At 0.86 points per game against Liverpool, his record does not inspire awe but does indicate that a draw might not be a very far fetched result. Everton’s results in March were a mixed bag with wins against Stoke and Brighton being bookended by losses against Burnley and Manchester City. There is almost no chance of the Toffees getting relegated but a point against their arch-rivals will boost Everton’s confidence and also take them further towards safety. wwwpic5678
Liverpool’s fixture list is nowhere as kind this season as it was last season at this stage or even as it looked just last month. Five games in 15 days are generally tough for a team, but when it is at the fag-end of the season and that too when three of those five games comprise of two quarter-finals against the best side in the country and a derby against your arch-rivals, the kind of exertion felt by the players is at a completely different level. Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly expressed his displeasure at the scheduling as he knows that his side runs the danger of serious injuries, which Liverpool simply cannot afford. Of course, the Reds come into this derby in the highest of spirits. They were outstanding on Wednesday night as they outplayed Manchester City in every department. But that performance also took a toll on the players. Klopp will be hoping that this derby is the only game that Salah will have to miss. The German will also look to rotate his side as much as possible to keep them fresh for the second leg of the quarterfinals. wwwpic5678