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Magic Numbers: Liverpool

A statistical run-down ahead of the big Sunday clash.

Magic Numbers: Liverpool

1 Number of Everton defeats in last 17 league matches, only West Brom in September have beaten the Toffees in that time.

2 Previous meetings between the two managers, both of which were won by David Moyes last season when Brendan Rodgers was at Swansea - the Blues triumphing 1-0 at Goodison in December and 2-0 in South Wales in March.

9 Number of derby matches won by Everton in the Premier League era. All have been the opening derby of the campaign, with seven victories at Goodison and two at Anfield.

10 For the tenth successive season, the first league derby of the campaign will be staged at Goodison Park. The last time Anfield staged the opener was in the 2002/03 season.

17 Premier League derby appearances made by Tony Hibbert, the most by an Everton player.

18 The record number of goals scored for either team in league derby matches, held by Dixie Dean, in just 16 appearances. Tim Cahill has scored the most league goals for Everton in derbies since the great man, the Aussie netting five in total.

Tim CahillCahill slots home a goal against Liverpool

24 Goals scored by Everton in the last eight home games in all competitions, with just four conceded. Seven matches have been won with the other a 2-2 draw with Newcastle last month.

24 Consecutive derby matches as Everton manager for David Moyes after Sunday, a sequence bettered in the fixture by only Harry Catterick (25) and Bill Shankly (27). Howard Kendall and Kenny Dalglish both took charge of more games, but in more than one spell.

34 Sunday marks the 34th anniversary of one of Goodison's most famous derby goals, Andy King's memorable strike securing a first derby win in seven years in October 1978. If you're looking for omens, that 1-0 victory was seven days after a 1-1 draw against QPR at Loftus Road.  Everton won the only other derby played on October 28th - 1-0 at Anfield in the League Cup in 1987.

40 After Mick Lyons' own goal in the legendary Anfield derby match of October 1979, the number of pounds won by an Everton fan who had drawn out the defender in a sweep for the first goal - the jubilant supporter later expressing his thanks to a bemused Everton skipper in a memorable encounter in a city centre bar the same evening.  

125 The Goodison derby falls one day before the 125th anniversary of our first competitive home game, a 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on October 29, 1887.  That game was played at our old stomping ground across Stanley Park of course!

218 Number of previous meetings between the teams in all competitions, making it the most played fixture in English football.  A total of 186 have been in the league, with the remainder in the FA Cup (23), League Cup (4), Charity Shield (3) and Screensport Super Cup (2).

10,425,328 Spectators have watched the 218 previous clashes between the two teams, including Goodison's record attendance of 78,299 in September 1948.

Stats from Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1)

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