The first match of the weekend’s Premier League action will take place as Everton welcomes rivals Liverpool to Goodison Park for the 292nd time. Everton will want to make the most of the hosting rights as they look for their first league victory after drawing their past three Premier League games 1-1. (L2).
Nothing will taste sweeter for the Toffees than a victory over their neighbors, and doing so will help them escape some painful precedent—only twice have they ever started a Premier League season with six losses.
But only one of the last 26 head-to-head matches (D12, L13), including none of the last 11 at home (D8, L3), could suggest that it wasn’t a cloudy day at Goodison Park.
After two wild home games for Liverpool, emotions should still be high less than a mile away at Anfield. Following the 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth, the Reds struggled to get going against Newcastle and gave up the first goal for the eighth time in nine Premier League games. Fábio Carvalho’s winner in the 98th minute, which was Liverpool’s first league goal in nearly ten years, helped them recover to win 2-1.
When these two rivals face off, tensions are frequently high, and no Premier League match has resulted in more red cards than the 22 shared by the Merseyside rivals. Additionally, Reds manager Jürgen Klopp will be aware that a win would seal consecutive victories at Goodison Park for the first time since 2008 when he leads his team across Stanley Park in an attempt to snap their road winless streak this season (D1, L1).
Players to watch: Everton will be hoping Anthony Gordon can continue his streak of opening the scoring in each of his past three goalscoring appearances after fending off transfer speculation throughout summer. Roberto Firmino, the midweek goal scorer for Liverpool, has scored 12 of his past 14 goals for the club after intermission.