Saturday, September 09, 2006

The 204th Merseyside Derby Preview

Goodison Park

Everton vs Liverpool

I'm so looking forward to this match already, the Merseyside derby. Always full of passion, winners got the bragging right over their bitter neighbours and the losers get taunted as if they lost the Premiership on the last day. This match certaily, will not be for the faint hearted.

The reason why this 2 teams are branded 'rivals' although Everton were never really that close to us in terms of achievements is down to geographical reasons. The 2 teams are seperated by Stanley Park, Goodison Park and Anfield being a stone throw away (not literally). Also, Liverpool was part of Everton before we went seperate ways and from then, we have been bitter rivals.

Everton will have to improve from last season's two 3-1 defeats to Liverpool and hope to build on their impressive start so far this season. Andy Johnson has been on fine form and the defence has been pretty solid. Liverpool meanwhile, hasn't impress yet so far in the two games against Sheffield United and West Ham.

But the return of Sissoko, Riise and Carragher will be a huge morale booster to the team as they set off to Goodison Park later this evening (Singapore time). Liverpool's next three games will be extremely crucial to how our season shape up as we face Everton later, then PSV Eindhinoven mid-week in the first Champions League group stage game and then next weekend, it's Chelsea once again.

Everton meanwhile, faces late injury scare as James McFadden might be ruled out for this game. Other than that, they'll most likely name an unchanged team that defeated Tottenham 2 weeks ago.

Reports claimed that Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy has emerged as favourites to spearhead Liverpool's attack with Crouch on bench even though he's on fire. Rafa Benitez is taking the international break into consideration for his squad as he doesn't want to tire the players out or select an unfit player.

The bragging rights of the people. The joy and heartbreak. Will be down to the very 22 players on the field tonight. Come on you Reds! Let's T**t the Bluesh*te!


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