The first victory for Everton in the 2022–23 Premier League campaign would be a noteworthy one.
Today at Goodison Park, the Toffees will play rivals Liverpool in the 241st Merseyside Derby (12.30 BST).
The tension before the match will be evident as both teams vie for the honour of representing the city.
Even though Everton is the underdog going into the game, Frank Lampard is looking forward to the first Goodison derby.
The Blues may not have had a league victory this season, but they haven’t lost in three games after drawing with Nottingham Forest, Brentford, and Leeds United.
They are now getting ready to take on a Liverpool team that is anticipated to make another title run.
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Everton aim for a first derby home win since 2010.
They will be without six players, which will make their task more difficult.
Injury issues in Lampard’s team are something he must deal with.
Three of the Toffees’ center-backs won’t be available. Due to a fractured fibula he sustained on the first day of the season against Chelsea, Ben Godfrey is sidelined indefinitely.
Yerry Mina (ankle ligaments) also left the game on a limp and is still out injured.
Mason Holgate suffered a knee injury last week against Brentford.
The key striker for Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, has been out with a calf injury since the start of the season.
Next week, the England international is scheduled to return to practise.
Although Abdoulaye Doucoure is back in the gym, the game is coming up too soon for him.
Andros Townsend is still recuperating from an ACL tear he sustained in March.
Neal Maupay and Idrissa Gueye, newcomers from PSG who returned on deadline day, will be in the lineup.
However, James Garner’s inclusion in the 21-man lineup is still up in the air after he was acquired from Manchester United on the last day of the transfer window.
Lampard made a suggestion that the midfielder could be underfit.