Premier League: Everton v Liverpool

Carlo Ancelotti’s league leaders will go into the game with an added air of confidence, despite the fact they haven’t beaten their cross-city rivals in ten years.

The form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in front of goal has been key to the Toffees hot start, with the young English striker currently the top scorer across Europe’s top five leagues.

Calvert Lewin’s 10 strikes in seven games for club and country includes two hattricks in Everton colours, and he’ll be hoping to add to his tally against a Liverpool side who shipped 7 goals last time out.

The Reds’ 7-2 humbling by Aston Villa has led many Evertonians to feel this is the best opportunity to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side in a decade.

However, Liverpool have made a habit of bouncing back from poor results in recent times, and they’ll love nothing more than to get back to winning ways at Goodison.

Everton’s summer addition of James Rodriguez has been inspired, whereas Liverpool fans are yet to see too much of their marquee summer signing Thiago Alcantara due to injury.

There are positives on both sides of Stanley Park on the injury front, as Liverpool’s Thiago and Everton counterpart Allan are expected to have recovered from their respective knocks in time for the game.

Sadio Mane will also return to the fold to increase Jurgen Klopp’s firepower, and Mo Salah is looking to become the 17th different Liverpool player to score 100 goals for the club – the Egyptian is currently perched on 99 strikes in 158 games – in line to be the third-fastest to achieve the feat.

Carlo Ancelotti is waiting to learn the severity of Lucas Digne’s injury though, after suffering with knee trouble in France’s game with Croatia on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s problems at the back against Aston Villa may prompt a change, with Joel Matip in contention for a start.

However, goalkeeper Allison remains out so the shaky Adrian will likely retain his place between the sticks.

The last time Everton won their opening 5 league games of the season was 51 seasons ago in 1969-70, a campaign where they would eventually go on to clinch the title.

Remarkably, the last time Everton won all 8 of their opening fixtures in a season was in 1894-95, so you could even argue the club are in the best winning form in their modern history.

Although, the last time Liverpool went in to a Merseyside Derby with Everton sitting top was in 1989, a year where they went on to secure the crown – incidentally, their most recent for 30 years before last season.

It’s all set up to be a cracker, with the game kicking off at 1230 on Saturday, 17th October.