Everton are in proud possession of the Premier League bragging rights on Merseyside right now. Sitting a point ahead in the table, despite losing the league derbies, 2-0 and 3-0, home and away respectively.
But league form will count for nothing in what is sure to be a high-octane encounter with Liverpool in Saturdayâ€™s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. A feature of the once â€˜Friendly Derbyâ€™ has been the number of red cards in the clashes since the inception of the Premier League. The tie has seen more red cards than any other game (20, although the last was rescinded).
When these sides last met in the FA Cup in 2008/09 season, the tie ended 1-1 with Everton winning the replay 1-0 a week later thanks to a Dan Goslingâ€™s winner in extra-time.
Lucas Leiva was sent off in that game and on Saturday Paddy Power are offering a Money Back Special on will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match if a red card is shown in this game.
Everton have beaten Liverpool seven times in FA Cups clashes. The Reds have won nine times and the game has been drawn on six occasions.
Paddy Power make Kenny Dalglishâ€™s side slight favourites at 6/4 to win in 90 minutes, Everton are 15/8. The draw is an appealing 9/4 given the high stakes in what is likely to be a tense, cagey affair in the opening stages at least.