Everton take on Liverpool in the 219th Merseyside derby on Sunday and will look to extend their six-point lead over their great city rivals.

A win for the Toffees will be further evidence that they are a top-four side-in-waiting and Paddy Power make David Moyes’ side slight favourites at 13/8 with the Reds trading at 17/10. The draw is chalked up at 9/4.

Midfielder Darron Gibson is still on the injured list and is unlikely to face the Reds in what David Moyes has described as a critical time of the season for the club as injuries mount.

But there is better news of Tony Hibbert and Marouane Fellaini in particular who is responding well to treatment and could boost the Everton attack by making the line-up.

And new boy Kevin Mirallas has no doubts that Fellaini’s possible return will fire up the home support.

“I think he will be playing on Sunday,” Mirallas said. “He is a fantastic player and when he’s not there it’s harder for the team to get good results.”

The ‘friendly derby’ has been anything but recently with five players seeing red, four Toffees and one Red in the past five seasons.

Paddy Power bet 2/1 that someone gets their marching orders on Sunday afternoon.

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Everton will look to their form at fortress Goodison – where they are unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League since March when Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners as they last won this fixture 2-0 in the 2010/11 season with Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta getting the goals in the 34th and 50th minute.

Both have since moved on so it will be left to the new strike-force to get among the goals in Sunday’s televised game.

The goal-scoring responsibilities will fall to leading scorer Nikica Jelavic with four Premier League goals in six games and Fellaini fan Mirallas who has bagged three goals for the club (one in the Premier League) this season.

Paddy Power make Jelavic their 6/1 favourite to score the game’s first goal and 7/2 to score first for the Toffees while Mirallas is priced up at 17/2 to get the game’s first goal or 11/4 to score at anytime over the 90 minutes.

Should Fellaini start he’s 15/2 to get the first goal for Everton and 6/1 to score in the Insurebet market.

Everton are unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season winning two and drawing one with six goals for and three against.

The two games they’ve won have been by 1-0 (Manchester United) and 3-1 (Southampton) and a repeat of those score lines against the Reds is 8/1 and 19/1 respectively

The Toffees are 1/4 to score a goal on Sunday and 2/5 in Paddy Power’s double-chance section.

Whatever about the final league positions come May a win here would give Evertonians bragging rights about being the top club on Merseyside come 3.15pm on Sunday afternoon – and that will do for now.

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