It is another derby weekend in the EPL and we have two tantalizing matches; Liverpool vs Everton and Manchester City vs Manchester United. On the face of it, Everton have the least to play for of the four sides. The Toffees sit ninth in the Premier League table, far enough away from the bottom three not to worry about relegation but not close enough to the top six to think about a push for Europe.
A mid-table finish beckons and the outcome of Saturday’s game is unlikely to change that, but the significance of this Merseyside derby from an Everton perspective should not be underestimated. They have the chance to bring their old foes back to earth after their midweek triumph over Manchester City. Their long Merseyside derby winless streak provides an added motivation.
Liverpool have a commanding first-leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final, but having already been beaten 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium this season, they know the job is not yet finished. They will, therefore, go into Saturday’s game with one eye on what is to come next week.
Defeat to Everton would be difficult for supporters to stomach and could jeopardise Liverpool’s prospects of finishing as Premier League runners-up, but the disappointment would not linger for long if they could follow it by booking their place in the Champions League semi-finals
The Manchester derby has taken on greater significance for City after their disastrous result at Anfield on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola said he would rotate his side for Saturday’s game earlier this week, but can he afford to pass up an opportunity to win the Premier League title against City’s arch-rivals with their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread?
Mourinho has been heavily criticised for United’s away record against top-six rivals since taking over at Manchester United, another factor which increases the pressure to get a positive result on Saturday. Can United show that they can compete with City?
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