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EVERTON V LIVERPOOL, KICK-OFF 13.30 GMT
13.10 How much does the Merseyside derby mean to you? Here's Phil
For me losing to Liverpool is the worst thing that can happen to you. My
wife knows that every time she arranges a Saturday night out it’s based on
what the result of that day’s game is. If we lose, we don’t go out. Simple
as that; I’m no good to anyone. And if we lose to Liverpool, she might as
well cancel the rest of the month.
13.07 Are we still tracking Kick It Out T-shirt wearing? If so, there's
some players wearing them at Anfield.
13.01 Oh dear. Bad start. It's a 007-themed opening montage from Sky.
Will the misery ever end?
12.59 Yesterday's live Premier League football on Sky and ESPN was some
of the worst I have ever seen. Things can only get better as Super Sunday
rolls into action.
12.48 We're all getting very excited about today's Premier League
clash. But our Merseyside man Chris Bascombe says the battle
between the two club's youth academies is even fiercer:
When Everton and Liverpool resume hostilities at Goodison Park it will be
a temporary sideshow compared to the ongoing battle for supremacy at youth
level on Merseyside. For years, the rivals clubs have indulged in a turf war
spread across city boundaries, opposing scouts diligently hunting the next
and Steven Gerrard, emblems of the clubs' superior network of
12.44 TEAM NEWS: The Everton team has been named too. What do you make
of today's line-ups? Mail me
with your thoughts.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Neville, Osman,
Fellaini, Naismith, Mirallas, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Hibbert, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios.
12.42 After a montage to kick-start your Sunday? Here you go:
12.38 Here's a stat that shows how well Everton have started the
Twitter: OptaJoe - 8 - Only in 2004-05 (16 pts from 8 games) have Everton made a better start to a Premier League season than this campaign (15 pts). Platform.
12.33 TEAM NEWS: Liverpool have named their starting line-up and the
big news is that Jason Burt's contacts have done him proud. Brad Jones
starts ahead of Reina.
Liverpool: Jones, Enrique, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Gerrard, Allen,
Sahin, Sterling, Suso, Suarez.
Subs: Reina, Carragher, Shelvey, Coates, Downing, Henderson, Assaidi.
12.30 The big news this morning is from our very own newspaper, the Sunday
Telegraph. We have a front-page
report on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger's shock decision to drop
Pepe Reina from his starting XI. Here's Jason Burt's take on the
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to stick with Australian Brad
Jones for the Merseyside derby, despite Spaniard Pepe Reina's recovery from
a hamstring injury he picked up while on international duty. That would be a
shock to Reina, who has been a permanent fixture since joining from
Villarreal in 2005. Failure to dislodge Jones would ignite speculation about
Reina’s long-term Liverpool future.
12.25 Good afternoon and thanks for joining me for this liveblog of the
Merseyside derby. Blue v Red, Scouse v Scouse but also 5th v 13th. Everton
are unbeaten in the league since Sept 1, while Liverpool have just two wins
to their name all season. A win for Everton would see them enter the top
four, while victory for Liverpool would only just see them sneak into the
top half of the table.
Clearly this tale of one city stars two teams with very differing fortunes
this term. You cannot say that two-and-a-bit months of football represents a
power shift but the idea that Liverpool are consistently superior performers
seems a dated concept. In his 20 league meetings with Liverpool, Everton
manager David Moyes has only won three, drawn five and lost 12, taking a
modest 14 points from a possible 60. Today represents a fantastic chance for
him to add to that total.
Not since Roy Evans in 1994 has a newly appointed Liverpool manager won his
Brendan Rodgers hopes to achieve what was beyond Gerard Houllier, Rafa
Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish (2nd time around), sampling instant
victory in the fixture that matters most to supporters.
Everton are stronger and head into the game clear favourites, but they've
often failed to hit their stride when faced with elevated expectations –
last year's FA Cup semi-final still a sore memory.
Betting: Home 8-5, Away 8-5, Draw 11-5.
Stat of the game: This fixture has produced more red cards than any
other in the Premier League with 20 sent off in Merseyside derbies.
Chris Bascombe’s prediction: Everton 1 Liverpool 1.
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