Friday, March 28, 2008

Merseyside Derby

Here are are all the important pre-match stats and facts ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.
# Head to head: (League only)

# At Anfield: Liverpool 37 wins, Everton 23 wins, 28 draws.

# Overall: Liverpool 66 wins, Everton 56 wins, 55 draws.

# Earlier this season at Goodison Liverpool won 2-1 with Dirk Kuyt scoring two penalties after Sami Hyypia gave the Blues a half time lead.
# Last season was the third time in five meetings the sides had failed to produce a goal on this ground.

# Liverpool have won 79 of the 204 meetings between the sides in all competitions with the Blues winning 64.

# Today's game is the 178th league meeting with the Reds leading 66-56.

# The last 'derby' hat-trick for Liverpool saw Ian Rush score four in a 5-0 win at Goodison in November 1982, while for the Blues Dixie Dean hit three at Anfield in September 1931 in a 3-1 win.

# Four Liverpool players have scored derby hat-tricks at Anfield. The last was Fred Howe in September 1935. The others were Harry Chambers (1922), Dick Forshaw (1925) and Harold Barton (1933).

# A win today will earn Liverpool their 3,000th point at Anfield in their league history.

# Sami Hyypia's own goal at Goodison in October was only the second scored by a Liverpool player in a league derby.

# Dirk Kuyt is the only player to score two penalties in a derby. He is now one behind the leading scorer from the spot in the fixture - Phil Neal.

# If Kuyt scores he will become the first Liverpool player since Emile Heskey in 2000-01 to score in both derby meetings in a season.

# Should Fernando Torres score he will equal the club record of scoring in six successive top-flight home games. It has been achieved by Fred Pagnam (1919), Roger Hunt (1964), Ian Rush (1983) and Michael Owen (1999).

# The best ever is eight by Roger Hunt in the Second Division in 1961-62.

# Jose Reina could play his 100th league game for the Reds. If he prevents Everton from scoring he will break a club record. He will keep his 54th clean sheet. Ray Clemence kept the most (53) of all keepers to have played 100 league games for the club.

# The Reds are looking to their third Premier League double over their city rivals having previously achieved the feat in 2000-01 and 2005-06.

# Both Fabio Aurelio and Alvaro Arbeloa could play their 50th game for Liverpool in all competitions.

# Liverpool's biggest Derby win at home came in September 1935 when they won 6-0.

# Steven Gerrard is one goal away from recording 20 in a season for the second time in his Liverpool career.

# John Arne Riise scored his first league goal for Liverpool at Goodison in September 2001.

# Last Sunday Javier Mascherano became the first Liverpool player to be sent off in the Premiership since Luis Garcia in April 2006.

# Should Liverpool score it will be their 100th in all competitions this season in this their 49th game of the campaign.

# Only three penalties have been saved in the derby with the last being by Bruce Grobbelaar in March 1984 at Goodison from Graeme Sharp.

# In nine of the meetings down the years the score has finished 3-2, with Liverpool winning every time.

# 14 red cards have been issued in the last 17 derbies with seven being brandished in the last six games. (21 have been sent off in the history of the fixture).

# Phil Neville and Steven Gerrard are the only players to be sent off twice in the history of the Merseyside derby.

# Liverpool go into the game in fourth place, two points clear of Everton with seven games to play.

# Everton have won two of the last 16 meetings home and away-both at Goodison.

# The Blues have scored in six of the last seven league meetings and in nine of their last dozen visits.

# Tim Cahill is looking to score against Liverpool for the fourth successive season.

# Everton's last win at Anfield came in September 1999 - only their second victory in their last 21 League visits.

# The Blues' defeat at Fulham two weeks ago was their first in the league in 2008.

# Of the 31 Premier League meetings Everton have won eight and lost 12.

# David Moyes has won 94 and lost 81 of his 230 league games in charge of the club. He has managed Everton since March 2002.

# Only two current Premiership managers have been in charge of their clubs for longer than David Moyes. They are Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

# Phil Neville will make his 100th league appearance for the Blues if selected.

# Only three current Everton players have scored in a Merseyside Derby - Tim Cahill and Andy Johnson have two and Lee Carsley one.

# The Blues have come from behind only once to win a Derby since the war - that was in 1992 when Peter Beardsley scored the winner at Goodison.

# The last time Everton won the second league derby of a season was in 1988 at Goodison when Wayne Clarke scored the only goal to end the Reds 29 unbeaten run from the start of the league campaign.

# Yakubu is one goal away from becoming the first Everton player to score 20 goals in a season. The last man to do this was Peter Beardsley in 1991-92.

# Everton have not won on this ground by more than one goal since a 2-0 victory in February 1986.

# Everton's biggest win on this ground came in October 1914 when they won 5-0.

# Everton have come from behind to win a Derby only once since the war - that came in 1992 when Peter Beardsley scored the winner.

# The Blues have won 17 games in the league this season. Only Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have won more.

# Everton have been awarded just seven penalties in post-war league derbies with five being scored and two missed.

# Everton have lost just one of their last 11 league games at Fulham to weeks ago.

# Current League Positions:

# Liverpool: Pld 31 Won 16 Drawn 11 Lost 4 Goals For 55 Against 24 Pts 59 Position: 4th.

# Everton: Pld 31 Won 17 Drawn 6 Lost 8 Goals For 48 Against 26 Pts 57 Position: 5th.

# Leading scorers this season: (League in brackets)

# Liverpool: Torres 27 (20), Gerrard 19 (10), Benayoun 10 (3), Kuyt 9 (3), Babel 8 (4), Crouch 8 (2), Voronin 4 (3), Hyypia 3 (1), Alonso 2 (2), Aurelio 1 (1), El Zhar 1 (0), Lucas 1 (0), Mascherano 1 (1), Pennant 1 (1), Sissoko 1 (1), own goals 3 (3).

# Everton: Yakubu 19 (13), Cahill 10 (7), Johnson 10 (6), Lescott 8 (6), Osman 6 (3), Anichebe 5 (1), McFadden 5 (2), Arteta 4 (1), Jagielka 2 (1), Pienaar 2 (2), Vaughan 2 (1), Carsley 1 (1), Neville 1 (1), Stubbs 1 (1), own goals 2 (2).

Stats provided by LFC'S Official Website

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