Liverpool v Everton
Roberto Martinez says he will make a late decision as to whether Lacina Traore is thrown into action against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Giant forward Traore joined the Blues on loan from Monaco on Friday and linked-up with his new teammates on Merseyside on Monday.
"Lacina arrived yesterday [Monday] and we're going to bring him into the squad as soon as he's ready," said Martinez. "It's a little early to tell if he'll be able to make the derby or not but he'll be working with us from today."
Meanwhile, the Blues boss is closely monitoring a further half-dozen members of his squad all harbouring hopes of featuring in the 8pm kick off.
He added: "We've got a group of six players that we need to assess. They're carrying a few knocks and injuries. Phil Jagielka had to come off at half-time against Stevenage and we have Sylvain Distin, Antolin Alcaraz, Seamus Coleman, Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley.
“We're doubtful they can make the derby, but they're not far away so maybe someone has a chance.”
Martinez is likely to bring Romelu Lukaku back into his starting line-up after the Belgian was rested for the 4-0 FA Cup fourth round win at Stevenage on Saturday. Lukaku has netted four goals in his last three games against Liverpool – he was on target for West Brom in both games against Brendan Rodgers’ side last season and struck twice in front of the Gwladys Street in the 3-3 draw in November.
Liverpool will definitely be without Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva and Glen Johnson, while Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho are both doubts.
Just one point separates Everton and Liverpool with 16 Premier League fixtures remaining.
The Blues head to Anfield looking for their first away derby win since 1999, with victory enough to overtake the hosts into fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.
Should Everton secure the three points and move into the Champions League qualification positions, it’s a berth they could occupy until the weekend as Tottenham host free-scoring Manchester City on Wednesday evening.
Both teams are unbeaten this calendar year, with Everton winning three and drawing two of their five fixtures since suffering a first Goodison Park defeat of the season on Boxing Day against Sunderland.
Everton have recouped 18 of their 43 Premier League points on the road, but they face a Liverpool side that has won nine out of 11 league games at Anfield this season. Last time out at home, the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Aston Villa.
It’s the first game since Everton’s penalty taker Leighton Baines signed a new contract at Goodison Park. A quirky fact ahead of Tuesday’s showdown is that the Blues have only been awarded one spot-kick in their last 61 matches at Anfield, which was netted by Wayne Clarke in December 1988.
The game could also see a couple of Everton players reach notable landmarks, should they feature. Kevin Mirallas will be making his 50th appearance in the Premier League, while it would be Phil Jagielka’s 200th top-flight game for the Toffees.
Everton were denied a memorable derby victory after Liverpool's late leveller saw November’s corresponding derby at Goodison Park end 3-3.
After trailing 1-0 and 2-1, Romelu Lukaku struck twice to give the Blues their first lead of the game with just eight minutes remaining.
That came after Kevin Mirallas had drawn Everton level following Phillippe Coutinho's opener inside five minutes.
Suarez's free-kick restored Liverpool's lead before Lukaku took centre stage, eventually emerging on top of an afternoon-long battle with compatriot and Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.
But Daniel Sturridge struck at the death to force a share of the spoils.