32-year-old will struggle: Three things we expect from Everton in clash with Liverpool
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Everton take on bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon in the second Merseyside derby of the season.
Here, Football Insider states the three things we expect from Ronald Koeman’s side during the crucial Premier League encounter.
Baines to struggle v Mane
Sadio Mane’s pace is a huge cause for concern for any side, let alone Everton. With Leighton Baines now well into his thirties, Mane’s pace is likely to cause the former Wigan left-back huge problems and could see the Toffees come under constant pressure on their left flank at Anfield. Koeman must find a way to combat the obvious problem if he is to continue the Toffees impressive recent league record of eight wins in 11 games.
Lukaku to score
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Romelu Lukaku continued his sublime goalscoring form during the international break with Belgium, scoring a late equaliser against Greece in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Currently the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 21 goals, Lukaku is in the form of his life with the Toffees and no-one would be surprised to see him find the back of the net once again come Saturday. Liverpool have let in the most league goals in the top seven with 36 goals conceded during their 29 Premier League matches, with Simon Mignolet’s performances between the sticks being constantly scrutinised. With Lukaku in red-hot form, the former Chelsea striker could add to his tally against his Belgium teammate.
Carragher claim could hold weight
Jamie Carragher claimed that Everton could finally end their 18-year long wait to win at Anfield earlier this week, and that could become true. The Toffees sparkling recent form has seen them come close to a place in the top six, which would defy pre-season expectations under Koeman. With Liverpool’s form since the turn of the year seeing them win just four times in 15 league and cup outings, as well as losing four of their eight home games, the Toffees could end a record that has remained since 1999.
In other Everton news, this is the expected Toffees side to go up against Liverpool on Saturday.