Premier League returns to a weekend of derbies

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The Premier League returns from the international break with one of football’s truly iconic derbies gracing the early Saturday kick-off when Liverpool hosts neighbours Everton.

The rivalry is flooded with PL history, with this clash being the fixture to produce the most red cards (22) and the most 0-0 draws (12). Those scoreless stalemates account for a large chunk of Liverpool’s 26 PL clean sheets they’ve kept against Everton, their highest tally against any opponent, while it’s against the Reds that the Toffees have failed to score against the most.

Jürgen Klopp would love another shutout here since his side have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last ten PL matches. The Reds have alleviated the impact of that by scoring in each of their last 18 top-flight games, although they did drop points in their last two league outings (D1, L1), which has seen them slip down to fourth in the table.

As for Everton, two wins from their last three PL matches (L1) have helped put a bit of breathing space between them and the relegation zone. The most recent result in that run was a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, while last time out on the road in the league, they claimed a 3-1 victory at Brentford, giving the Toffees confidence they could claim back-to-back away PL victories for the first time since May 2021.

Elsewhere also on Saturday, Arsenal would travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea for a London Derby between two teams that have endured two different starts to the season. Chelsea only started getting their ground two weeks before the international break, getting two consecutive victories for the first time in the Premier League this season after wins against Fulham and Burnley.

For Arsenal, they remain one of the two unbeaten teams so far in the Premier League this season, even beating Manchester City in their last Premier League game before the break.

Some of the other Saturday fixtures will see Manchester United travel to Sheffield United, Manchester City host Brighton, and Newcastle play Crystal Palace.

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