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EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

EVERTON (4-2-3-1)

ROBLES,

COLEMAN, STONES, JAGIELKA, BAINES,

BESIC, BARRY,

McGEADY, NAISMITH, MIRALLAS,

LUKAKU

LIVERPOOL (3-4-3)

COUTINHO, STERLING, STURRIDGE,

MORENO, GERRARD, HENDERSON, MARKOVIC,

SAKHO, SKRTEL, CAN,

MIGNOLET

The latest Merseyside derby sees hosts Everton struggling in 12th place in the Barclays Premier League, five spots behind Liverpool, who are 12 points better off.

But when these rivals clash, the formbook goes out of the window and tensions rise. Indeed, games between these teams have produced more red cards than any other fixture in the Premier League.

Though there have been no dismissals in the last six clashes, 19 red cards have been brandished in Merseyside derby games.

In the game at Anfield last September, Liverpool led through a Steven Gerrard goal, but Phil Jagielka's last-minute equaliser denied the Reds all three points.

That was Gerrard's ninth league goal against Everton and 10th in all competitions - a record. And this will be his last chance to score against the old enemy; in the summer he leaves Liverpool to play in the MLS in the United States.

Four of the last five Merseyside derby games have ended in draws. Everton have not beaten Liverpool since October 2010. Since then, the teams have met eight times in the league, with Liverpool winning three and drawing five.

On Wednesday, Liverpool reached the FA Cup fifth round after coming from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 and they go into the game unbeaten in seven Premier League games, winning five (including the last three). Everton are unbeaten in three but the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend was their first in seven league games.

Daniel Sturridge could start for Liverpool for the first time since August after returning off the bench to score in last weekend's 2-0 win over West Ham.

Everton still miss Tim Howard, James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar.