Everton go head-to-head with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday aiming to start their busy December schedule with a bang.
The Toffees head into the clash sixth in the standings, six points adrift of the top four following last week’s 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.
Liverpool currently trail Manchester City by two points at the top of the table, although the gap is likely to increase to five by the time kick-off comes around with Pep Guardiola’s side facing Bournemouth the previous day.
Fans watching the game via Everton live streaming services will be eager to see the visitors end Liverpool’s dominance in the derby clash.
Everton are without a victory in their last 17 meetings with the Reds in all competitions, with their last success coming at Goodison Park back in 2010. They haven’t won at Anfield since a 1-0 win during the 1999/00 campaign.
While Sunday’s game will undoubtedly be difficult, Marco Silva’s side have an excellent opportunity to get more points on the board with two successive home games the following week.
Resurgent Newcastle United visit Merseyside on Wednesday, December 5, hoping to continue their climb away from the relegation zone.
The Magpies made a woeful start to the campaign, but have improved in recent weeks with victories over Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley.
However, Everton have won nine and drawn one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Newcastle and will fancy their chances of extending that run at Goodison.
Watford are next on the agenda the following Monday and they have recorded just one draw in 13 previous visits to Everton in all competitions.
Things get tougher in the next two matches, with Man City (A) and Tottenham Hotspur (H) likely to provide formidable tests prior to Christmas Day.
However, with fixtures against Burnley (A), Brighton & Hove Albion (A) and Leicester City (H) to follow over the festive period, the Toffees could end 2018 on a high.
It has certainly been a year of mixed emotions for Everton fans, with the club now in a much more positive place than was the case at the end of last season.
The relationship between the supporters and then-manager Sam Allarydce had broken down, with the former England boss proving hugely unpopular with the majority of the fanbase.
Silva took a little time to find his feet at the club, but there have been signs over the past few weeks that he has things heading in the right direction.
A productive December would be a great end to the year and there would be no better place to start than in Sunday’s game against Liverpool.
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