The two best Merseysiders from across the pond make their predictions on the starting lineup for Liverpool vs Everton this weekend, but who'll win on paper?
My name is Eric Howell. I am American. What of it. I live for soccer. I have been playing soccer since I was 5. I have been following Everton since the late 90s due to the interchange of players between Everton and my local MLS club Sporting KC. I am co-founder of The Followtonians. I co-host a weekly podcast with Ped McPartland, a scouse cabbie, who lives in Liverpool. The Followtonians is the largest fan produced Everton podcast. I just recently made the hajj to Goodison and saw the blues beat Manchester City 1-nil!
Here's my expected lineup for the Toffees with my rating of 10:
GK - Tim Howard - 7
RB - Phil Neville - 6
CB - Jonny Heitinga - 7
CB - Sylvain Distin - 7
LB - Leighton Baines - 8
RM - Leon Osman - 6
DCM - Darron Gibson - 7
CM - Marouane Fellaini - 8
LM - Magaye Gueye - 6
F - Tim Cahill - 7
F - Nikica Jelavic - 8
With Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger both returning from injury I strongly believe that they should be starting. Brad Jones will be the starting keeper as both Doni and Reina are suspended. Skrtel and Enrique will of course also join Agger and Johnson in defence.
When it comes to the middle my vote goes for Jay Spearing who will be the perfect choice as he will put his heart and soul into stopping and disrupting Everton. Stevie G. should also play in the middle and I like to see Kenny go with the experienced Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez on the wings.
Up front Andy Caroll and Luis Suarez should do the business and have Bellamy waiting on the bench and possibly Sterling, maybe use them at the end of the game when Phil Neville and Co. are tired.
GK - Brad Jones - 6
RB - Glen Johnson - 8
CB - Daniel Agger - 9
CB - Martin Skrtel - 9
LB - Jose Enrique - 7
CM - Jay Spearing - 7
CM - Steve Gerrard - 9
RM - Maxi Rodriguez - 8
LM - Dirk Kuyt - 8
ST - Luis Suarez - 9
ST - Andy Carroll - 7
Final Score: Liverpool 87 - 71 Everton
No close run thing at Wembley it seems! Liverpool have the FA Cup in their sights and will be able to shake off their dodgy Premier League form to go that extra mile. Jelavic and Cahill gave Liverpool's unproven keeper a spanking early on, before the experience of Agger and Skrtel managed to stem the tide. At the other end, Luis Suarez put Everton's defence to the sword, finding space for fun and jinking through the toffee's back line, grabbing a glut of goals.
Do you disagree with their lineups and ratings, or think that Everton's better form going into the game will stand them in good stead? Have your say in the comments.
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