Date: 4th October 2015 at 9:41am
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Everton and Liverpool go head-to-head at Goodison Park in the 225th Merseyside Derby.

The Toffees fought their way to a terrific 3-2 victory at West Brom on Monday, coming from 2-0 down in the second half – a victory made even more impressive due to the absence of John Stones and Seamus Coleman in defence.

Roberto Martinez’s backline was stretched at times and the Blues boss will be desperate for the duo to pass late fitness tests.

The victory at the Hawthorns moved Everton up to fifth but they now embark on a tough run of fixtures, facing the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, so a first league win against their arch rivals in 10 attempts will generate huge amounts of confidence going into those matches.

Everton have actually only won one derby in the last 17 which has coined a new phrase at Goodison. “Rule number one of being an Everton fan; never be confident about the derby.”

Kevin Miralles serves the last of his three match suspension, while Muhamed Besic, Tom Cleverly and Leighton Baines all remain out injured.

For the Reds, the 3-2 win over Aston Villa has given Brendan Rodgers some breathing space but he knows that this is one of the most important games of his career.

A loss would fuel rumours over the Northern Irishman’s future at Anfield after a very inconsistent start to the campaign.

Liverpool have only one won of their last eight away games, scoring just five goals in that time, so a victory here will depend largely on whether Daniel Sturridge can replicate his two strikes against Aston Villa.

The 1-1 draw against FC Sion in the Europa League was a bad result but Rodgers will just be happy to gain no new injury problems.

Christian Benteke will be given a late fitness test for this one with Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren, Jon Flanagan and Roberto Firmino all sidelined.

Despite all the doom and gloom a win here would lift Liverpool above Everton in the table.

League Position: Everton – 5th (12 pts); Liverpool – 9rd (11 pts)
Last Meeting: Everton 0-0 Liverpool, February 2015
Key Men: Everton – Romelu Lukaku; Liverpool – Daniel Sturridge
Form: Everton – WLDWDW; Liverpool –WDLLDW
Shoot Says: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

 
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