Liverpool v Everton
David Moyes could have a clean bill of health if Darron Gibson is able to shake off the injury that kept him out of the victory over Fulham. Tony Hibbert returned to the matchday squad in last weekend’s clash against the Cottagers – the first time he has been included in the 18 since recovering from calf surgery.
Brendan Rodgers will definitely be without Luis Suarez who serves the second in his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Daniel Sturridge is expected to spearhead the hosts’ attack and could be partnered by Fabio Borini who scored the first goal of his Liverpool career against Newcastle last time out. Boyhood Evertonian Jamie Carragher is set to play his final Merseyside derby before retiring and moving into a career in the media.
Last outing: Everton 1-0 Fulham, Saturday 27 April
Last six: WDWDLW
The Blues enter Sunday’s clash without an away Premier League win since mid-January but are buoyed by their recent run of good form. 17 points have been collected in the last eight Premier League fixtures, five of which have yielded clean sheets. Victory at Anfield would also ensure the Toffees finish above their cross-city rivals for the second consecutive season.
Last outing: Newcastle United 0-6 Liverpool, Saturday 27 April
Last six: LWDDDW
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five matches at Anfield, dating back to the end of February and their 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg. The Reds exited the Europa League on away goals that evening and anything less than victory this weekend will end any slim hopes they have of qualifying for the continental competition again next season. This term Liverpool have lost four home Premier League fixtures; against Arsenal, Manchester United, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
1) For the 10th successive season, the second league derby of the campaign will be staged at Anfield. The last time Liverpool hosted the opener was in the 2002/03 season.
2) Should Tony Hibbert feature on Sunday, he will play in his 17th match against Liverpool. The Everton derby appearance record belongs to Neville Southall with 41.
3) Known for its high intensity and passion, there have been 20 red cards in Merseyside derbies since the Premier League was formed in 1992. Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville have both been dismissed twice.
4) If Tim Howard keeps Liverpool at bay, it will be his fifth clean sheet in a Merseyside derby. Only Neville Southall (15), Gordon West (9), Billy Scott (6) and Ted Sagar (6) have recorded more for the Blues.
Everton 2-2 Liverpool, Saturday 28 October 2012.
A typically full-blooded derby saw Everton come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool back in October. Despite being the better side throughout, the Blues needed efforts from Leon Osman and Steven Naismith to cancel out a Leighton Baines own goal and Luis Suarez's header. All those goals came in the first half - 45 minutes of football which was played at a frenetic pace. The second half was a lower key affair but there were still chances for the Blues to complete what would have been a deserved turnaround, although Suarez had a goal controversially disallowed in stoppage time.
Liverpool 0-1 Everton, Monday 27 September, 1999.
Kevin Campbell inspired Everton to their last derby victory at Anfield 13 years ago. It took just four minutes for the former Arsenal man to grab the all-important goal, latching on to Francis Jeffers’ clever flick before steering the ball under Sander Westerveld. The Dutch goalkeeper was later dismissed as the contest came to a controversial end. A scuffle between Westerveld and Jeffers saw both men receive their marching orders midway through the second half, and they were later joined by Reds midfielder Steven Gerrard following his waist-high challenge on goalscorer Campbell.
Despite the fierce rivalry between the two clubs there has still been a select group of players who have crossed the great divide – enough to comprise a full team of those players who have had a foot in both camps. Dutchman Sander Westerveld takes the gloves in goal, with 19th-century defender Andrew Hannah, Dave Watson, Gary Ablett and David Burrows ahead of him. Nick Barmby and Kevin Sheedy would patrol the flanks in midfield with Steve McMahon and Don Hutchison operating centrally. Up front is the deadly strike partnership of Peter Beardsley and the Cannonball Kid Dave Hickson.
Everton haven’t played a fixture on 5 May since 2007 when they were comfortable 3-0 winners over Portsmouth. Mikel Arteta, Joseph Yobo and Gary Naysmith were all on target in the second half to start a run of three successive home wins over the south coast club. Other notable results from this date are a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in 1996 and a 3-1 success against West Ham 10 years earlier.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant referee: D England
Assistant referee: S Burt
Fourth official: M Atkinson
Everton’s full away allocation at Anfield has sold out, as too have places for the live screening of the game at Goodison. Fans can listen to the action on evertonfc.com from 1.25pm or follow updates through the Club’s Twitter account @Everton.
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Sunday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 11/4
Everton to win 2-0: 19/1
Victor Anichebe to score the only goal of the game: 60/1
Everton to win and Leon Osman to score at any time: 12/1
Draw half-time/Everton full-time: 15/2