The English Premier League fixtures return from the international break with a blockbuster Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park.
Saturday lunchtime sees the pair pressed back into service with the Reds likely still smarting from their inexplicable 7-2 defeat away to Aston Villa a fortnight ago.
It was a defeat that ruined Jurgen Klopp’s side’s perfect record, leaving them fifth in the embryonic EPL table going into this weekend.
Sadio Mane and new signing Thiago should be fit to start having recovered from bouts of Covid-19 during the international window.
Keeper Alisson remains on the sidelines with Joel Matip also on his way back to fitness.
Everton are top of the pile thanks to an impeccable start that has seen them win four from four.
Boss Carlo Ancelotti has inspired his men to the summit, leading to levels of optimism in the blue half of the city not seen for many a year.
He could be without defensive linchpin Yerry Mina this weekend, though, with the centre back having picked up a thigh injury with Colombia.
Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite are also ruled out, which could see deadline day transfer signing Ben Godfrey thrown in for his debut.
Everton vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained😕The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Everton vs Liverpool: EPL Line-up predictions
Probable Everton Starting XI: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Adrian, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.