Why Everton will beat Liverpool
Everton host city rivals Liverpool this Sunday in the first Merseyside derby of the season and Squarefootball's Everton reporter David Rubin believes there is only one winner.
With the Toffees riding high in fourth place, six points and eight places ahead of Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool, it's going to be a Blue day for the Red half of the city, and here are my reasons for thinking that.
Having a forward who can score goals
Nikica Jelavic has been an absolute revelation in an Everton shirt. The number 7 has a very impressive goal per game ratio of 13 in 20. That's more than a goal in every two games! Comparing this to last season when we played Liverpool at Goodison Park, where we had a old and out-of-form Louis Saha, then an Argentinian plucked from the realms of nowhere in Count Stracq and a very young and inexperienced Greek God by the name of Apostolos Vellios is like comparing Cheryl Cole to Lisa Riley!
Just knowing that we have a forward who can score goals should make us create more and obviously put away more chances than Liverpool this weekend.Kevin Mirallas
Super Kev was bought in the transfer window for a (Everton standard) staggering £6 million. He was brought in to make our right hand side at least a little threatening. This was always gonna be a hard task for Kevin in an attacking sense, considering his partner on the right was Tony Hibbert. However Kevin has shined in his right wing positon - scoring once in the league, two in the league cup and three assists already this season. His pace, creativity and positional awareness will be too much for the young Liverpool full back Andre Wisdom to handle, and I can see him being a real threat on that now potent right hand side.Knowing Brendan Rodgers’s game
As seen earlier this season against the likes of Swansea and Manchester United, the Toffees are very well drilled in how to press teams high up the field and cut out all their passing moves. We stopped their passing game by simply pressuring their players and blocking all their long passes and defence splitting balls.
The current Liverpool side is manager by Brendan Rodgers who was in charge of Swansea last season, where we demolished them at the Liberty 0-2. Considering Moyes knows how to beat his opposite number tactically, unless Rodgers makes some huge unexpected changes, we should definitely win the tactical battle.
Phil Jagielka on song
As much as I dislike Luis Suarez, I have to admit that he is one hell of a football player. His ability to turn players inside out and beat them is something to admire. However, this season at least, Suarez himself has not beaten any real testing opposition. He may have scored a hat-trick at Norwich (no offence to the Canaries) but their defenders would not get anywhere near Everton’s first team at this point in time. Our only centre back who has started all of our league games is the English international Phil Jagielka. The form that he showed at QPR was absolutely incredible. He was immense. He blocked everything and would throw his body in the way of anything that would come near him. Jagielka’s form is pivotal to stopping Luis Suarez and therefore stopping Liverpool’s attacking threat.
Liverpool being absolute dire
Everton are currently in fourth position in the Premier League title. Liverpool are 12th. Everton are on 15 points. Liverpool are on nine. Before I start going on a rant about how bad this Liverpool side really are, I would first like to say that any team in the top four are favorites to beat a team in the bottom half of the table. Now here comes the rant: Liverpool are utter rubbish! They have one forward in Luis Suarez and he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a bloody boat! He is that inaccurate with his shooting.
Their midfield has a ‘maestro’ in it by the name of Joe Allen, who couldn’t hit a pass more than 10 yards if he was playing in a team of 11 men versus two! Yet for some reason they shelled out £16 million for him! We spent £500,000 on Gibson and he does so much more than anybody in that Liverpool midfield.
They have a 17-year-old kid, who remarkably has four children, playing on the wing, rather than an England international, who they bought last season for £20 million, which says all too much about their transfer policy.
I think those points prove why Everton will utterly destroy Liverpool this weekend and hopefully humiliate them as well.
I am predicting a score line of anything from 3-0 to 7-0!
Calling all Everton fans. Do you agree with David's optimism or do you think he is being overly confident? How do you see this game going? Can Everton get revenge for that FA Cup semi-final defeat last season? How much does it mean to get one over Liverpool? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.
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