Preview - Everton vs Liverpool 04 March 19

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Match Day 29
Everton vs. Liverpool
Monday, March 4th 2019
00:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Craven Cottage

Last five matches form: W L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Gylfi Sigurdsson (11)

Last five matches form: D D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.29
Average goals against per match: 0.53
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (17)

With Manchester City having done their bit with a win at Bournemouth it's a case of over to you Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title. Next up for the Anfield men it's the short trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the big Merseyside derby. Only a win will suffice to take Jurgen Klopp' men back to the top of the table.

There's been very little to choose between the sides in their recent encounters, with Liverpool winning 1-0 at Anfield courtesy of a last gasp winner earlier in the season and this game ending in a goalless draw last season.

Everton are undoubtedly the underdogs here but do at least have a fully fit squad from which to select with no confirmed absentees at present. Liverpool will be without Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

Everton started the season well but seem to definitely be falling away with eight defeats in their last twelve in the league. With just one win in their past seven in front of their own fans, they will likely need to improve dramatically if they are to pick up anything here.

That goalless draw at Manchester United in their most recent away fixture was the first time Liverpool have failed to score on the road this season. Their only defeat in 14 came at Manchester City.

Liverpool showed plenty going forward against Watford having looked a little bereft of ideas at Old Trafford, and way better than Everton at the back can pick up the win.

Prediction: Everton 0 - 4 Liverpool


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  7 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 42% - 58%

This was fiercely contested from the very first whistle as Everton set their stall out to at least let Liverpool know that they were in a game. It was all played in the right spirit though with only three bookings on the day. Referee Martin Atkinson taking the names of Theo Walcott of Everton and Andy Robertson and Fabinho of Liverpool.

Big favourites headed into the game, it isn't surprising to see that Liverpool came out just about on top on the stats. They were never really able to get a stranglehold on the contest though in what was a real battle in the centre of the park at times. Liverpool matched Everton in terms of fight and effort, but weren't able to find that moment of quality in terms of a finish or killer pass which would have made the difference on the day.

This wasn't a game of too many chances. The only real golden opportunity of the game fell to Mo Salah in the first half. Sent scampering clear down the right channel, he seemed likely to open the scoring but did travel a little wide and found Jordan Pickford equal to his effort from around seven or eight yards out in the right of the area.

Salah again looked to be free in the right of the area in the second half, but this time a heavy touch allowed Michael Keane to thwart him with a last gasp tackle.

Everton were posing a threat at the other end, and if anything were starting to get on top as the game drew to a close. No last gasp heroics this time. 0-0 final score.

Liverpool have still only lost one game this season, but a succession of draws of late have proved costly, particularly as Manchester City seemingly can't stop winning at present. Now having played the same number of games as their Manchester rivals, they find themselves in second spot and a point adrift of City. A sterling effort from what had been an out of form Everton side. They stay tenth.

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