The Premier League Super Sunday brings one of the fiercest local derbies in world football as Everton host their neighbours Liverpool in the first Merseyside Derby of the season.
A lot of passion and emotion is attached with the game from the fans as every house in Liverpool will either be blue or red for the day and even the best friends will become enemies for those ninety minutes.
The two sides just hate to lose to each other in the longest running top flight derby of English football which also includes the most number of red cards to its name.
While it is traditionally called as “friendly derby” but being friendly has been the last thing between players in the game in past and Sunday should not be an exception.
The two sides are separated by only one point in the table. Everton have a good momentum at the moment and will be favourites to see underperforming Liverpool side. Everton have 12 points from seven games compared to Liverpool’s eleven and are sitting four points above their bitter rivals at the fifth position in the table.
Ahead of the mouthwatering fixture, let us make a statistical preview of the game:
1> This will be the 204th meeting between these two sides, with Liverpool having won 77 compared to Everton’s 60.
2> Everton’s last victory over Liverpool in any competition came in the 2010-11 season when they ran out 2-0 winners at home.
3> Liverpool have the most number of goals from Englishmen this season- Danny Ings- 2, Adam Lallana- 2, Daniel Sturridge- 2, James Milner- 1.
4> Liverpool are unbeaten against Everton in the last ten head to head fixtures – 6 draws and 4 wins for Liverpool. They have not endured a longer winless league streak in this fixture since an 11-match run between 1979 and 1984.
5> Liverpool’s only defeat in the 17 most recent league meetings came at Goodison Park in October 2010 (W8, D8, L1). Five of the last six games have been drawn.
6> The Merseyside derby has produced 20 red cards in the Premier League, more than any other fixture in the division. However, there has not been a sending off in the last eight derbies in league and cup since Jack Rodwell’s red card in 2011 – which was later rescinded.
7> Everton have not been awarded a penalty in this fixture since David Unsworth scored at Goodison Park in April 2003.
8> Roberto Martinez’s side are unbeaten in four matches but have not recorded back-to-back league wins since April.
9> Romelu Lukaku’s only league goal at Goodison Park in 2015 was a penalty in the 3-0 victory against Newcastle on 15 March.
10> The Reds have only won one of their last eight Premier League away games, scoring just five goals (D3, L4).
11> Liverpool have conceded nine goals in their last four league games, having kept clean sheets in their opening three matches of the season.
12> Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals in his last eight league and cup games against Everton.
13> Sturridge has the best goals per game ratio (0.65) of any Liverpool player in Premier League history.
14> The Toffees have scored three goals in half of their last six league games but failed to score in the other three.
15> Daniel Sturridge has scored 5 times against Everton in the Premier League. The only club he has more goals against in the competition is Newcastle (6).
Stats courtesy- Opta