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Goodison Park (ATT 39,613) 28th October 2012 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: A Marriner

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L Osman (22)
S Naismith (35)


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L Baines (og 14)
L Suarez (20)

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Merseyside derby: Everton favourites ahead of hosting Liverpool in Premier League

Last Updated: 26/10/12 10:41am

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Merseyside derby: Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park on Sunday lunchtime

Merseyside derby: Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park on Sunday lunchtime

Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park as part of Super Sunday for the 219th Merseyside derby.

The two clubs are famously separated by less than a mile across Stanley Park and have long been fierce rivals.

This season's first meeting promises to be no different and hosts Everton are arguably enjoying the unusual experience of going into the game as favourites.

David Moyes' team sit fourth in the Premier League after making an uncharacteristically good start to the campaign, taking 15 points from eight games.

In contrast, Brendan Rodgers has been frustrated by the start of his Liverpool reign after collecting just nine points from eight matches to leave them in 12th position.

Everton do have the local bragging rights after finishing higher than Liverpool for only the second time in the last 25 seasons but they lost all three derbies, including an FA Cup semi-final in 2011/12.

Whatever happens at Goodison Park on Sunday, it seems certain to be another fiery encounter as the derby has seen more red cards - 20 - than any other fixture in Premier League history.

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Steven Pienaar is suspended after being sent off for two bookings in last weekend's draw at Queens Park Rangers.

Marouane Fellaini missed the game at Loftus Road with the knee injury which also forced him to pull out of Belgium's squad for their recent World Cup qualifiers.

Tony Hibbert has missed the last five matches with a calf injury, while Darron Gibson has been absent for the previous six games with a thigh problem, although he has returned to training.

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Jose Reina missed last weekend's win over Reading and Thursday's Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala and it remains to be seen if the goalkeeper recovers from his hamstring injury.

Fabio Borini was ruled out for three months with a broken right foot earlier in October, while Glen Johnson was substituted at half-time against Anzhi with a muscle spasm.

Martin Kelly was sidelined for six months after suffering cruciate knee ligament injury in the September defeat by Manchester United and midfielder Lucas Leiva is another long-term absentee.

Opta Facts

  • Everton have won six and lost none of their last seven Premier League matches at Goodison Park
  • Eight of the last 10 red cards in this fixture have been given to Everton players
  • Liverpool have won more away games in 2012 (4) than they have at Anfield in the Premier League

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Howard 24 Howard
  • Coleman 23 Coleman
  • Stones 26 Stones
  • Distin 15 Distin
  • Baines 3 Baines
  • Barkley 20 Barkley
  • Barry 18 Barry

  • Deulofeu 10 Deulofeu

  • Mirallas 11 Mirallas
  • McGeady 7 McGeady

  • Lukaku 17 Lukaku

Team taken from Everton vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 16th April 2014

  • Mignolet 22 Mignolet
  • Johnson G 2 Johnson G
  • Skrtel 37 Skrtel
  • Sakho 17 Sakho
  • Flanagan 38 Flanagan
  • Coutinho 10 Coutinho

  • Gerrard 8 Gerrard
  • Henderson 14 Henderson
  • Sterling 31 Sterling

  • Sturridge 15 Sturridge

  • Suarez 7 Suarez

Team taken from Liverpool vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 13th April 2014

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26