Steven Gerrard’s key moments in the Merseyside derby ahead of final showdown with Everton

Captain, talisman and legend are just a few words used to describe Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard and the midfielder is set to play in his final Merseyside derby this weekend as the Reds travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

Gerrard has had some brilliant moments in the match-ups between the two Merseyside rivals since he made his debut 17 years ago.

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It will be his 33rd derby clash against Everton and he has been through it all, scoring numerous times, being sent off and has even netted a hat-trick in past matches.

The 34-year-old, who is set join MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, has scored ten goals in his 32 games against Everton and could well be on target again in a game he loves to play in.

Seeing red:

1999: Gerrard was sent off in the away fixture for a high-footed challenge on Everton striker Kevin Campbell and was on the losing side that day as the Toffees won 1-0.

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2006: Gerrard saw red for two bookings in the 18th minute but on the Reds went on to win the game at Anfield 3-1.

Important goals:

2001: Gerrard netted an early equaliser away at Goodison Park before the Reds went on to win 3-1.

2005: Gerrard scored his first derby goal at Anfield with a trademark free kick routine after 27 minutes in a 2-1 victory.

2012: Gerrard gave Liverpool fans even more reason to love him three years ago as he netted a superb hat-trick at Anfield and became the highest Premier League scorer in the fixture in a comfortable 3-0 win.

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We can expect the Liverpool skipper to have an impact on the game on Saturday and he will fire up his teammates in his final Merseyside derby appearance. He will want to go out on a high by sealing victory and don’t rule out the skipper scoring a trademark thunderbolt.

The Merseyside derby will undoubtedly miss Gerrard and this will be the last time we see one of England’s most combative midfield enforcers feature in one of the biggest derbies of all time.

He has scored in the past two derby games, both at Anfield, and will hope to help his side to victory yet again with another strike this weekend.

The LA Galaxy will no doubt benefit from the addition of Gerrard when he arrives in MLS in the summer but all eyes will be on him in a red shirt until that moment comes.

Will Steven Gerrard score in his final Merseyside derby appearance this weekend?


MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22

As the transfer window has started to spark up for a few sides, we take a look at this weekends round of fixtures and how each team will fair.

Lewis Addley called four correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Jamie Ives will put his brain to the test in trying to predict the results in a crucial weekend of football.

Here’s this week’s Premier League predictions:

Saturday 17th January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have finally gained some momentum in their season with an unbeaten run of five. Aston Villa have a run of their own however, as Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in six. We expect an away win here.

Prediction: 0-2

Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has kicked off his tenure at Selhurst Park with two wins in two after victories against Dover and Tottenham. He will be wanting to continue this when Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend. Burnley will not make it easy however, as they haven’t lost in their last three.

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City vs Stoke City

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Stoke have been the example of inconsistency this season and will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat at the Emirates last weekend, and also to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of their opponents in the reverse fixture. Leicester haven’t lost since Boxing Day.

Prediction: 1-0

Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Without a win in four, QPR will need a solid performance to even earn a point against a United side that will still be licking their wounds from the Southampton game. Can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 1-3

Swansea City vs Chelsea

Without Wilfried Bony, Swansea lack an end product and a presence up front. Chelsea, on the other hand, look primed and ready for a title race. Swansea will be as hard to beat as usual, but I think a draw is the best they can hope for.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland

Spurs come off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Sunderland have lost three of their last four in the league. Both teams will be hoping to pick up the points here but I think Spurs will be too strong.

Prediction 2-1

Newcastle United vs Southampton (17:30)

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The Saturday evening game sees the seasons surprise package Southampton travel to St. James’ Park. Southampton come off the back of beating United at Old Trafford and so will be full of confidence. Newcastle have recently lost their manager. Hard to see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 0-1

Sunday 18 January 2015

West Ham United vs Hull City (13:30)

West Ham have been brilliant this season and Andy Carroll has given them a huge boost mid-season. Hull have struggled to produce the performances that saw them reach an FA Cup final last season. West Ham look too good to beat at the moment. Home win.

Prediction: 2-0

Manchester City vs Arsenal (16:00)

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The stand out fixture of the weekend sees the champions against Arsenal. The Etihad will play host to the Gunners and with Alexis Sanchez in full flow this game should be entertaining. A repeat of the reverse fixture would be perfect. Score draw for us.

Prediction: 2-2

Monday 19 January 2015 (20:00)

Everton vs West Brom

Both teams with struggles, and Everton look like an entirely different side from the side that finished fifth last season. Tony Pulis will have his West Brom side set up strong and they will be hard to beat. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either. But I think Everton will turn things around.

Prediction: 2-1

How do you think gameweek 22 will shape up in the Premier League?

Stats: Howard vs Guzan – Who has been better this season?

The USA’s top two goalkeeper’s are set to go head-to-head when Everton welcome Aston Villa to Goodison Park as the Premier League returns following the international break this weekend.

The Toffees come into the game in poor form, having failed to win in their last five in all competitions, but they will be confident of getting a result against a Villa side that has lost its last three league games without scoring a goal.

Tim Howard will hope to earn his first home clean sheet of the campaign against his fellow USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has taken the number one spot in Klinsmann’s team while Howard has a break from international football.

Statistic Tim Howard Brad Guzan
Appearances 7 7
Clean sheets 1 3
Goals conceded 16 9
Saves/game 2.43 2.71
Punches/game 0.29 0.57
Successful catches/game 2.29 1.00
Accurate goal kicks/game 5.43 3.86

Howard has endured a tough start to the new season, and has conceded 16 times in his first seven matches, a significantly worse record than Guzan so far.

The Villa ‘keeper has conceded nine in the same number of games, but Everton’s defence is considerably stronger on paper, and Howard is maybe struggling with a ‘World Cup hangover’ after such excellent displays in Brazil.

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Guzan has made more saves per game this season, and tends to punch the ball away from danger more often that Howard too, but the Everton shot-stopper is much better at catching the ball, and is also more accurate with his feet.

The game at Goodison Park this weekend looks set to be a good one as both sides are desperate to find some form after the break, and whichever US goalkeeper performs best will likely see his team succeed.

Who has been more impressive this season – Guzan or Howard?