Everton still looking for first PL win after derby
Winless Everton could do without the visit of fierce rivals Liverpool for the first Merseyside derby of the 2022/2023 season at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees have yet to win in the Premier League this term, and host a Reds side buoyed by a dramatic, very late winner in a testing affair against Newcastle United during midweek. Read our preview here:
One Lamp or two
Frank Lampard's side sit above the bottom three by virtue of goals scored, but have been bolstered by some acquisitions just before the close of the summer transfer window. Idrissa Gueye is back in a blue shirt after spending a couple of years at French giants PSG, and will probably come straight away into the heart of the midfield. Neal Maupay provides some much needed competition for places in the sole striker role, especially given Dominic Calvert-Lewin's fitness issues. He too could start tomorrow, though fellow new face James Garner might have to be content with a sub spot for the time being. Whilst a positive result is not demanded of the hosts by anyone except the most die-hard supporters, the head coach does need to demonstrate he's capable of pulling his charges away from another year of deep trouble.
The victory over the Toon Army propelled the visitors up to sixth in the early standings, though they do sit seven points off pacesetters Arsenal after only five matches. Darwin Núñez has served his three-game suspension, but might not be in the first XI - Luis Díaz has looked lively on the left, Roberto Firmino is back to his best through the middle, and Mo Salah contributed both assists in the last fixture. Though midfield has been highlighted as a possible problem area by many observers, the only real move in the window was for Arthur Melo, who has joined on loan from Juventus. He is unlikely to be in the trio from the outset, but could get an early chance to shine, much in the same vein as Fábio Carvalho has. The 20 year old has made the most of cameo roles from the bench, scoring twice already, including that memorable 98th minute clincher mere days ago.
bet365 have odds of 2.75 for Luis Díaz to strike anytime in the early kick-off.