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The Barclay’s Premier League weekend will kick off with the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool. Both sides are off to solid starts in the 2011/12 campaign with Liverpool sitting higher in the table in fifth place on 10 points. Everton have had a rocky start by comparison, but are middle of the table on seven points. Kickoff between the two is set for 12:45 at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England.
Everton’s last match was a tough 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Toffees put up a dogged effort on defence at the Etihad Stadium, but after an hour Mario Balotelli broke the deadlock with his 68th minute goal. James Milner put the match to bed with his first goal of the season for City in the 89th minute. Liverpool snapped their two match losing streak in the Premier League last weekend with a defeat of Wolverhampton at Anfield. Wolves were their own worst enemy in the match, smacking the ball into their own net in the 11th minute to put the Reds up 1-0. Luis Suarez doubled Liverpool’s lead with a goal in the 38th minute. Wolves were able to pull one back just after the break in the 49th minute but could not find an equaliser, giving Liverpool all three points.
Fans in Liverpool should expect to see yet another tense matchup between the Blue and Red derby contenders. This derby has seen 19 red cards issued in Premier League play with 11 issued in the last 15 meetings between these two sides. Experience playing in this derby may be on the side of Everton. If Everton manager David Moyes fields the same squad from last weekend, every starting player will have played in this derby before. If his counterpart Kenny Dalglish fields the same Liverpool squad from last week, only six of his players will have experienced this rivalry. That being said, Dalglish himself played in this derby fixture 24 times as a player and 21 times as a manager for Liverpool.
A victory for the Reds could vault them to a tie for third with Chelsea for the time being, while Everton could shoot up into the top six with a win. The Toffees have prevailed just once in the last nine Premier League meetings between these two sides. Liverpool on the other hand have won three of the last four.
Tensions will be running high on Sunday when Everton host Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season in the Barclay's Premier League. Both teams have experienced rough starts to the 2010/11 campaign, but it has been Liverpool's extraordinarily poor start that has garnered the majority of the attention in the Premier League. The Reds have just one win to date in the Premier League and were eliminated from the Carling Cup at the hands of Football League Two side Northampton at Anfield. The two sides will meet at 13:30 local time at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England.
Everton went into the international break with good form having beaten Birmingham City at St. Andrew's Ground. After a scoreless first half an own goal from Birmingham's defense put Everton in front 1-0. Tim Cahill sealed the victory for the Toffees late on with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time to give Everton the 2-0 victory. If Everton went into the international break on a high note, Liverpool did the exact opposite with a 2-1 defeat at Anfield against Blackpool. The Tangerines took a 2-0 lead into halftime with a goal in the 29th minute and first minute of extra time. Liverpool could muster just one goal in response in the 53rd minute, falling 2-1 at home to the newly promoted side.
Although both clubs are near the bottom of the table and on six points, Liverpool have been the far more disappointing side. While Everton started the season poorly they have improved in recent weeks while Liverpool have struggled to find their form. In a bit of good news for Liverpool and its many fans, the club was finally sold on Friday ending the tumultuous ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillet Jr. The ownership battle played out in UK and US courts over the last week with Hicks arguing that the leading bid, from NESV which owns Major League Baseball club the Boston Red Sox, severely undervalued the football club. The courts eventually ruled against Hicks however and NESV, led by American John W. Henry, acquired Liverpool for £300 million.
The Merseyside derby is never lacking in intensity and this year's first installment of the city rivalry should be no different. With both sides level on six points expect each to come out firing in search of a victory over the other to boost their season. Liverpool have had the edge as of late, not losing a league derby with Everton since September 2006.
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