Under-21S Derby Tonight

by Daniel Alston

Everton Under-21s contest the Merseyside derby at Southport on Monday evening - and the Blues are fired up for the occasion.
Alan Stubbs' side are unbeaten in their last three games and welcome league leaders Liverpool to the Merseyrail Community Stadium for the only derby of the campaign.
A top-half finish is the target for the young Blues before the table splits in half for next season.
And despite a number of players being out on loan in the Football League, the Everton players still at Finch Farm are eyeing local bragging rights and all three points.
Chris Long and Conor Grant are among those set to be involved, the duo both having recovered from injury to feature prominently in recent weeks.
Midfielder Grant told evertontv: "I'm feeling good. I've got quite a few 90-minute games under my belt now and my match sharpness is up, so I'm looking forward to the derby.
"It's a big game - one of those ones you look forward to at the start of the season. We're sure we can get the win."
Meanwhile, striker Long is hoping to add to his six league goals this term and also help Everton finish the campaign strongly.

The Blues' final game of 2013/14 is also at home - against Middlesbrough on Thursday.
"It's been a long seven weeks after getting injured on loan at MK Dons, but I'm happy to be back and I just want to fire against Liverpool.
"Hopefully I'll get a goal.
"If we can get the last two league games out of the way with two wins, that's a great end to the season."
Kick-off at Southport is 7pm. Admission is free for Everton Season Ticket holders and FOREVERTON members, with tickets on the turnstiles otherwise priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.
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