Silva not biting at Mourinho’s claim

Marco Silva refused to be drawn on Jose Mourinho's recent claim that his Manchester United side will finish above Everton this season.

The Toffees' chief had guided his side to sixth place in the Premier League ahead of this weekend's fixtures and they were ahead of United and Bournemouth on goal difference.

Speaking in the build-up to Saturday's home clash against Fulham, Mourinho insisted that his United side would end the campaign above Everton in the top-six places.

The Red Devils subsequently thumped Fulham 4-1 to move up to sixth, but Everton will move back ahead of them with a win against Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night.

When asked about his fellow Portuguese's prediction, Silva insisted that he will be happy to see how the season pans out instead of offering his own thoughts on who will finish higher in the table.

He said: "It is his prediction, nothing more. He knows what is his obligation, and what is the obligation?

"Top six. He knows, and let's see at the end of the season if his prediction is right or not."

Silva will go up against his former club Watford with no new injury concerns, while Morgan Schneiderlin could feature after missing seven matches with a leg injury.

Everton, who are 5/1 to finish in the top six, are 3/4 to win Monday's game, while the Hornets are priced at 4/1 and the draw is 29/10.

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Gomes’ form pleases Silva

Everton manager Marco Silva is unsure whether he will be able to keep Andre Gomes at Goodison Park.

The 25-year-old is on loan at Everton from Barcelona and has impressed in recent weeks.

Silva has suggested he would be keen to sign Gomes on a permanent basis but is unsure whether Barcelona would agree to such a transfer.

Gomes has featured in seven games since late October, and Silva said: "I think at first, I agree, he is doing very well. But what is most important for me is the team and the squad, I think it is not fair just to talk about Andre.

"If Andre is doing well then he is helping our squad. He is getting better every time. Taking his responsibility in the squad is important for me as well.

"But if he is doing well it is because his team-mates are helping him since the first day.

"He has enjoyed his first two months but let's see what we can do. We are working on that [his future], I don't know if I have an answer in one week or two weeks.

"It is not something that it is in our hands. The best scenario to look at is it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well. Barcelona are included, let's see when we can talk about the situation."

Everton, 9/2 to finish in the top six this season, are 3/4 to beat Watford on Monday.

Silva confident goals will come

Marco Silva has defended his strikers at Everton but has not ruled out making a move for another forward in the January transfer window.

The Toffees have scored just two goals in their last four leagues games and are the lowest scorers of the top eight with 21 goals from their 15 games so far.

They are in sixth position in the table, albeit well adrift of Arsenal in fifth and ahead of a match at home to Watford, Silva's previous club, on Monday, the Everton boss is backing his strikers to come good.

He told a press conference: "If you want to just look at the last few games, look at the games we played. It is not easy for strikers to score at Stamford Bridge, and Liverpool have conceded just one goal at home [in the Premier League] this season.

"Yesterday [against Newcastle] we controlled the match and all the moments. We created many chances but just scored one goal. To look at the last four games is not fair because we had chances to score more than one goal. The chances we created in the first half were enough to win the match against Newcastle."

Silva added that all clubs in the Premier League were in the market for a striker who can score 20 goals a season though he stressed he was happy with the players at his disposal.

Everton are 8/11 to win at Goodison Park on Monday night with Watford 4/1 and the draw 5/2.

Silva also told the assembled media that Jordan Pickford had responded well against Newcastle after his error in the 96th minute led to Liverpool winning Sunday's Merseyside derby.

He also said that Morgan Schneiderlin could be fit enough to return against the Hornets on Monday.

Everton are 9/2 to finish in the top six in the Premier League while they are 80/1 to break into the top four.

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Silva focused on the present

Head coach Marco Silva has urged his Everton players not to look too far ahead, with the Toffees currently in sixth place in the Premier League standings.

Having suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 derby loss at Liverpool on Sunday, the Blues are back in action on Wednesday evening when they welcome Newcastle United to Goodison Park.

And Silva is keen to maintain a short-term focus and not get swept away by talk of a possible top-six finish, especially with Everton having finished in eighth place last season, some 14 points adrift of sixth-placed Arsenal.

The Portuguese told reporters: "For us, it's not important to talk about the top six. Our goal is to do better than last season.

"We achieve things step by step. Here we think game by game and we are taking it from the last match."

Everton are 8/15 to defeat Newcastle and are 6/1 to secure a 2-0 victory, with Richarlison priced at 5/4 to score at any time against the Magpies.

Meanwhile, Silva also played down rumours that his club are already on the lookout for a new striker, with his squad short of genuine goalscoring power.

He added: "In January, it is not the moment to talk about it now. We are doing our work, developing our squad now.

"When the market opens we are able to answer what we can do in that moment. At this moment, it is not the most important thing for me.

"About a striker, if any team can have a 20-goal striker they are not easy to find. We have to work with the players we have in our squad, give them the conditions to score more goals."

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Lookman set for derby start

Marco Silva admits that Ademola Lookman's recent form means that the 21-year-old could feature for Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The former Charlton Athletic player, who was sent out on loan to RB Leipzig in the second half of last season, has impressed in Everton's recent matches against Brighton, Chelsea and Cardiff City.

Silva, who has no new injury problems heading into the Liverpool game, said: "Ademola is doing more than enough to play in our starting eleven.

"When I take that decision [to name him in the line-up], it will be because he is deserving of it. I am really happy with him. He knows what my opinion is. But there is no doubting his quality and his talent."

Everton have a dire recent record in Merseyside derbies and have not won at Anfield since a 1-0 victory in 1999.

It is over eight years since the Toffees enjoyed any derby success and the Reds are unbeaten in the last 17 encounters between the two clubs.

Everton are sixth in the Premier League table after picking up 16 points from their last seven games and are 8/1 to secure a rare victory at Liverpool and 7/1 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Jurgen Klopp's team, who lost 2-1 at Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, are 13/2 to beat Everton 2-0.

Silva added: "For sure it will be a really tough match but I want my players to have big motivation. It is a fantastic game to play and our fans will be there with us.

"Words like 'fear'do not come into our dressing room. We have to be strong in all the moments in the match to win it but that is all that is in our minds."

Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: The Friendly Derby…Really?

Liverpool vs Everton

Everything on Merseyside will stop at 4:15 pm local time on Sunday. It’s here again… Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: The Mersey Derby, and we love it!

It’s one of the big fixtures in the North West sporting calendar and watched by millions worldwide. It’s also known as the ‘Friendly Derby’, but someone forgot to tell the players! No other Premier League fixture has produced more red cards as these two old rivals have battled it out, with tempers flaring at times.

Chris Kavanagh is the man in the middle on Sunday; at what price will he get his red card out?

Thankfully, all the blood and thunder tends to stay on the pitch when Liverpool face Everton because the two teams’ fans walk side by side and work together. Families are often divided between red and blue loyalties. Liverpool fans prefer to preserve their hostility for that lot up the East Lancs Road, Manchester United; meanwhile, Everton seem to be able to get on with everybody.

This is a particularly big game. While Liverpool are as short as 1.40 with us, the draw at 4.30 and Everton way out there at 8.25, the Toffees think they have a real chance to upset the natural order on Merseyside.

It’s all bubbling up to be a belter of a derby, so make sure you keep up with the Liverpool vs Everton updates and odds right here at us.

Talking Points

Can Liverpool bounce back again?

Jurgen Klopp is still smarting from the Reds’ latest away defeat in the Champions League, accusing PSG players of unsporting behaviour and making his players ‘look like butchers’ during the French team’s 2-1 win on Wednesday. The Reds have had real trouble on the road in Europe, losing to Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and now PSG. But they dusted themselves off after losing to the first two to draw with Manchester City and beat Fulham.

They have the firepower to bounce back against Everton. Mo Salah is up there with the Premier League top scorers again: he’s on seven and is just a single goal behind leaders Sergio Aguero and Pierre Emerick-Aubamayang. Sadio Mane has six, and both will pose the Toffees’ defence plenty of problems.

The Reds have to cope up in Premier League Liverpool vs Everton in the absence of Jordan Henderson

Liverpool Jordan Henderson leaves the pitch after getting a red card

Klopp’s midfield will need to be well-organised to thwart any Everton attack while giving their own forward players the space and supply they need to score. And they’ll have to do it without influential skipper Jordan Henderson who is suspended, having picked up two yellow cards in the recent 3-0 win over Watford, so the middle of the park will be a crucial battleground.

Are Everton ready to join the Big Six?

Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: Winning the Merseyside Derby will be a huge accomplishment for Marco Silva

Marco Silva in the touchline before the match

The Toffees have got nicely into their stride in the Premier League and have shown how they can frustrate an elite team, drawing at Stamford Bridge against a powerful Chelsea side. And the Liverpool boss says Everton are rapidly growing into a Champions League quality side under the guidance of Marco Silva.

The return of Seamus Coleman after such a long layoff has made the Toffees stronger at the back, as has the return to form of centre-half Michael Keane.

Attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson finally seems to be realising his potential at Everton after Swansea in the Premier League single-handedly for a couple of seasons. He has six goals, as has striker Richarlison. The 21-year-old looks far more accomplished as a striker than last season at Watford.

History

Liverpool won 23 of the Mersey derbies since 1993, with 22 draws and nine won by the Toffees. Both were drawn last season and were low-scoring affairs at 0-0 and 1-1.

Everton have a huge task to break a long sequence of Red dominance. Everton’s last derby win was in 2010, and Liverpool haven’t lost one of these fixtures at home in 20 matches, the last Everton triumph coming way back in 1999.

Klopp’s side is still unbeaten in the Premier League with 10 wins and three draws. they sit just two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Betting Tip

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Despite the Toffees’ impressive improvement this season, the Liverpool vs Everton betting odds are stacked in favour of a home win, so I think the value is in a bet on the number of goals. It’s hard to see Everton stopping the Reds for 90-plus minutes, and I can’t equally see Liverpool having it all their own way.

I certainly wouldn’t be shocked by a draw, but a 2-1 or 2-0 home win is more likely.

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Mature Everton please Silva

Everton boss Marco Silva insisted there was still plenty of room for improvement after his side had ground out a 1-0 victory against Cardiff City.

It was Everton's fourth home victory in a row and they are now available at 6/1 to finish in the top six of the Premier League this term and at 15/2 to win next weekend's Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's seventh goal of the season just before the hour mark proved to be the decisive moment of the game during which Everton struggled to break down the well-organised Bluebirds defence.

"We were mature and competent. We should have scored the second to kill the match, but we deserved the three points," former Hull City and Watford boss Silva said afterwards.

"The most important thing was the win. The first half was not the best performance, we started slow. We should do things faster against teams like this who are strong in defence.

"It was different in the second half, we started to create more problems. But every moment we didn't score the game is always open, that is the Premier League.

"You always want to play better. That is football, and we were playing against a compact defensive team with lots of individual marking. It wasn't the best performance but we played game our way."

Richarlison may miss Chelsea clash

Everton boss Marco Silva has indicated that Richarlison may not feature in Sunday's Premier League trip to unbeaten Chelsea due to injury.

The in-form Brazilian has scored six Premier League goals this season, including a brace in last weekend's victory against Brighton, but missed training on Thursday.

Silva said Richarlison was unable to do all of Friday's session either, adding: "We will see on Saturday. We have one more session, but he is still a doubt for the match.

"Let's see how he reacts after the semi-individual work he did on Friday morning… we know he's important for us … But if he's not fit, it's a good opportunity for another player."

Everton have won four of their last five Premier League matches and are 17/4 to hold Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge.

"We have confidence in our work and the way we are playing," Silva added.

"It is good to see how our team is growing and getting better and getting results in the last two-and-a-half months but I accept they will be favourites and it is a big challenge for us.

"What I hope and expect is that we will be ourselves on the pitch."

Everton can be backed at 7/1 to finish in the top six this season while Chelsea are available at 10/1 to win the Premier League title.

Silva rues missed chances

Marco Silva thought his Everton side could have taken something from Sunday's match at Manchester United if they had been more assertive.

Everton's three-match winning run was brought to an end by Jose Mourinho's team, who edged the Old Trafford clash 2-1.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring in the 27th minute, firing the rebound home after his penalty had been saved by Jordan Pickford.

Anthony Martial doubled United's lead four minutes after the break and, although Gylfi Sigurdsson halved the deficit when he netted from the spot with 13 minutes left, Mourinho's team held on to secure the three points.

United goalkeeper David de Gea made outstanding saves to deny Theo Walcott, Andre Gomes and Richarlison, with Silva saying afterwards: "We played well and created chances. We came here to try to do everything to win the match.

"We did not just wait and see what would happen, or try to block them and only be defensively organised, that is not our way.

"We did not deserve this result, that is clear. We created four or five chances but only scored from the penalty and we have the quality to be better in those moments.

"If we had been more assertive [with our chances] we would have had a different result – we did enough to achieve that."

Everton, 10/1 to finish in the top six this season, can be backed at 13/20 to beat Brighton on Saturday while they are 5/2 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

Martial stars in United win

Anthony Martial grasped the opportunity to lead Manchester United's attack, starring as they beat Everton 2-1.

Jose Mourinho dropped Romelu Lukaku to the bench, with Fred coming into the side and Martial was give the chance to lead the line upfront and certainly took his chance at Old Trafford.

He was involved in both goals for his side, being fouled in the area for a penalty in the first and then scoring the second with a great strike.

The Frenchman was involved in United's first chance when he found Juan Mata in the area but the Spaniard couldn't direct his header past Jordan Pickford.

Martial was again on the attack halfway through the first half, getting a shot in but it was comfortably saved by the England keeper.

However, United were ahead a couple of minutes later, awarded a penalty after Martial went down in the area after a challenge from Idrissa Gueye.

Paul Pogba took the penalty which was saved by Pickford but the keeper was unlucky with the rebound which fell back to Pogba who this time made no mistake, slotting the ball home.

Martial went on another dangerous run soon after, finding Fred whose shot was saved and Marcus Rashford fired home the rebound only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Everton had the first chance of the second half, Richarlison forcing a good save from David de Gea but United soon doubled their lead, Martial finding space on the left and delivering a magnificent shot into the top corner, giving Pickford no chance.

The Toffees had a great chance to reduce the deficit soon after but Bernard, having rounded the keeper, could only find the side-netting.

However, with around a quarter of an hour remaining Marco Silva's side did get a goal back, from the penalty spot, Gylfi Sigurdsson dispatching a perfect penalty after Chris Smalling fouled Richarlison in the area.

Despite that late scare United held on fairly comfortably for the win that takes them up to eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind Arsenal who sit fourth.

United are next in action next Saturday when they travel to the south coast to take on in-form Bournemouth who are above them in the table.

United are 1/1 to win with Eddie Howe's side 27/10 and the draw 12/5.

United are 3/1 to finish in the top four while Bournemouth are 8/13 to end the season in the top half of the Premier League.

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