Everton are flying high in the Premier League and a result against their fierce rivals would lift the Toffees into the top four. Liverpool need a win to take them into the top half of the table after a mixed start under Brendan Rodgers. The reds have the upper hand in the last 10 derby games at Goodison though, taking 21 points out of a possible 30.
Everton are the 13/8 favourites for this one with Liverpool at 7/4. The draw is 9/4. You can expect plenty of passion in the stands for this one and a few crunching tackles on the pitch. If a penalty is scored in the match Paddy Power will refund all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, scorecast and correct score singles on this match.
Full-time: Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Osman 22, Naismith 35 – Baines OG 13, Suarez 20
3.25pm: It’s all over. Suarez thought he had the last laugh but it appears to have been disallowed for a push as Coates headed it down to him or for an offside. If it is for offside it is a terrible call.
3.23pm: GOAL! NO! Suarez thinks he’s won it but its been ruled out!
3.21pm: Last throw of the dice for Liverpool as Gerrard gets barged in the back. Osman was the culprit and this is the chance the reds need to win it.
3.20pm: There will be four minutes of added time. Liverpool are the team that look most threatening at the minute as both teams hunt for the winner to this pulsating derby.
3.18pm: Luis Suarez picks up the man of the match award which is probably fair. Despite being very hard to like he has been a handful for the Everton defence today.
3.16pm: Coleman picks up a booking and that takes the yellow card count to seven. That was needless to say the least. Jagielka is then lucky to get away with a mistimed tackle on Sterling.
3.15pm: Naismith makes way for Oviedo with five minutes left on the clock.
3.12pm: I thought Steven Gerrard had won it. The ball is kept in as Distin tried to see it out and it’s cut back for Gerrard 12 yards out whose shot is blocked by Jagielka. If that had been on the Captain’s right foot it could have been very different.
3.11pm: Great chance for Baines but Skrtel makes the block. From the corner Distin heads high and wide.
3.05pm: Shelvey has options left and right but drags a shot well wide. A couple of minutes earlier he gave Distin a cheeky kick in the nuts but gets away without a booking.
3.04pm: Henderson has a great opportunity to put a cross in but instead slices it and almost does a ‘Cleverley’. Tim Howard tips it over though and the corner is wasted.
3.00pm: Yellow card. The most disliked man on the Goodison pitch, Luis Suarez picks up a booking for treading on the back of Distin’s leg. He claims it was accidental but it looked a bit nasty. Our booking count is up to six.
2.59pm: Wisdom is making way and Jordan Henderson comes on in his place. It looks like another formation change from Brendan Rodgers who reverts back to a flat-back four.
2.58pm: Yellow card. Fiery derby day booking count goes up to five. This one is for Daniel Agger who impedes Fellaini.
2.55pm: Baines puts another delightful set-piece on to the head of Jelavic but the striker puts it wide. That was a great chance for the Toffees and one you would be expecting a Premier League striker to bury. Unless of course it is Fernando Torres, you don’t expect him to score anything.
2.53pm: Coates concedes a free-kick and from a good Baines delivery Jelavic heads it well over. The Everton number seven is 7/1 to score next.
2.50pm: Great play from Skrtel to deny Everton the lead. The ball is drilled across the six yard box and it’s crying out for someone to poke it into the onion bag but Skrtel diverts it away.
2.48pm: At the other end Fellaini rises above Coates but his header is glanced just wide. Both teams look like they have more goals in them.
2.46pm: Shelvey puts the ball over the top and as Sterling tries to run on to it there’s a tussle with Jagielka who picks up a yellow card. There were some calls from the Paddy Power office for red but that was from the two incredibly biased people sat next to me.
2.44pm: Shelvey has been superb since he came on and makes a brilliant tackle to stop Fellaini’s threatening run.
2.40pm: Jelavic is denied by a good save down to Brad Jones’ right hand side. This game has continued at the same electric pace the first half was played at.
2.37pm: Big chance for Sterling. He gets put through in on goal but get his shot all wrong. He tries to lift it over Tim Howard but slices it nine or ten yards wide. Suarez goes absolutely bananas at the youngster.
2.33pm: Second half about to get under way and there’s a few changes from Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes. Sebastian Coates and Jonjo Shelvey are on for Suso and Sahin leaving Liverpool playing a back three. For Everton Gueye comes on for Mirallas.
2.28pm: It’s all level at Goodison Park but Everton are ahead in the battle of funny banners. And that is a far more important clash.
2.18pm: Half-time. Everton 2-2 Liverpool. It’s an absolute thriller.
2.17pm: A Yellow card for diving. Phil Neville does his best impression of Suarez and finds himself in the book. 6/10 for technique.
2.14pm: Seamus Coleman is only inches away with a whistling volley from more than 20 yards out. Brad Jones probably had it covered but that was a cracking hit.
2.11pm: Suarez catches Mirallas but gets away without a booking. It’s a very dangerous position for Everton to have a free-kick. Baines whips it in but Skrtel nods it away.
2.08pm: Mirallas stings the hands of Brad Jones but the corner comes to nothing. Mirallas has been one of the best players on the pitch this afternoon and caused all kinds of problems down the Liverpool right.
2.05pm: EQUALISER. Fellaini puts it into the six yard box and Naismith attacks it putting it past Jones. Everton have come back from 2-0 down to level it at 2-2. What. A. Game.
2.03pm: Here’s a lovely animated GIF of Suarez celebrating the opener in front of David Moyes…
2.01pm: Sterling has clipped Baines with the ball running out of play and Tim Howard is faster than Usain Bolt over 100 metres to complain to the referee. Sterling gets a healthy talking to from the referee but nothing more. He’s a lucky boy.
2.00pm: Yellow card! This one is for Raheem Sterling who takes out Baines. That is not a good example to be setting his three kids and he’s in the book. That takes our fiery derby day booking count up to two.
1.58pm: Everton fly forward but as Fellaini breaks into the box he is going so fast he can’t sort his feet out.
1.57pm: Suarez is causing all kinds of problems for Everton. He flashes another shot inches wide and he is 7/1 to score the next goal.
1.55pm: The referee is quite happy to let play go and the tempo is electric. Skrtel meets a cross with a 50p head and from the corner Brad Jones loses the ball but the ref adjudges that Distin fouled him.
1.52pm: GOAL! Brad Jones punches a corner away to the edge of the box and Leon Osman smashes a half-volley through a crowded box and into the back of the net. Game on.
1.50pm: Yellow card and goal! Leon Osman is the man in the book after clipping the heels of Raheem Sterling. Gerrard whips the ball into the box and Suarez heads home. This one is definitely his goal.
1.46pm: The ball was fizzed across goal as Liverpool came forward and Sterling appeared to be pushed in the six yard box. As the fans claimed a penalty the ball found its way to Suarez whose shot is going well wide but it hits Baines and goes in. Suarez celebrates by diving in front of the Everton bench in response to David Moyes’ comments this week.
1.44pm: He looks impressed now! Suarez scores and Liverpool lead 1-0.
1.41pm: Suarez is rightly called offside and as the ball bobbles away after the whistle Raheem Sterling smashes the ball into his team-mate. Suarez looks less than impressed.
1.40pm: An incredible run from Mirallas who skips past two or three Liverpool players down the left flank. His fizzing cross is turned behind by Agger and from the corner Jones does a ‘De Gea’ and flaps it behind for another corner under pressure from Naismith.
1.38pm: Celebrity fan of the day goes to Liverpool after this effort from Nicki Minaj the other day.
1.35pm: Liverpool happy to attack in numbers and this has been an open start. Seconds after Suarez makes a good run, Naismith almost puts Jelavic through one-on-one but Brad Jones is quick off his line.
1.33pm: The corner comes to nothing and Liverpool enjoy a good bit of possession winning a corner of their own. Agger and Skrtel both trot forward but it comes to nothing.
1.30pm: We’re off and underway and Everton get a corner as Enrique nods it away from danger. On a side note Enrique has shaved off his hair and looks like he should be working the doors somewhere rather than playing left-back.
1.28pm: Players are out and there hasn’t been a roar of support like this in Liverpool since Chris Maloney started singing last night.
1.26pm: Gary Neville says he doesn’t want to see any nasty tackles but he wants the lads to get ‘wired into each other’. It’s 2/1 for there to be a red card in the match.
1.19pm: Snood watch: Fellaini is wearing one. It’s eight degrees in Liverpool today.
1.18pm: Cheeky scorecast bet for me in this one: Fellaini and 1-0 is 45/1. Have some of that.
1.12pm: In a week were everyone and everything has gone James Bond crazy Sky have just made a terrible ‘Licence to thrill’ joke. Carrying on the theme of James Bond references (not awful puns) there will be plenty of pressure on the two number 7’s in this game. Jelavic is 6/1 to open the scoring and Suarez is 13/2.
1.08pm: Everyone loves a conspiracy especially Souness and Neville. They’ve probably spent the break discussing how nobody actually votes for Chris Maloney but yet he is still in the X Factor.
1.06pm: Conspiracy theory alert. Both Graeme Souness and Gary Neville think that Pepe Reina is fit and Brad Jones has been selected ahead of the Spanish rival.
1.00pm: Only 30 minutes until kick-off. What is your favourite derby day memory? Here’s a couple of GIFs that should get you in the mood. A rocket from Harry Kewell in a 3-1 win for the reds and then Andy Johnson with an ice-cold finish in Everton’s 3-0 win at Goodison.
12.50pm: If you’re having a punt on any of today’s matches don’t forget to check out Andy Gray’s exclusive tips. He called four out of six results correctly yesterday so you could say he smashed it. He fancies Everton to edge the derby this afternoon.
12.42pm: Brad Jones keeps his place between the sticks for Liverpool with Pepe Reina still struggling with that hamstring injury picked up while he was sitting on the bench for Spain. It’s a big day for Jose Enrique who replaces Glen Johnson.
As for Everton the man with the best barnet in football is passed fit as Marouane Fellaini starts with one Steven replacing another as Naismith comes in for the suspended Pienaar.
12.40pm: Team news is in.
Liverpool: Jones, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Wisdom, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Sterling, Suarez, Suso
Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Neville, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mirallas, Naismith
12.30pm: Team news will be up very shortly but while we wait why not take a look at chief sports writer and all round good guy, Aidan Elder’s attempts to bust the myths surrounding the Merseyside derby.