LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool holds off James McCarthy of Everton during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Everton v Portsmouth Live
Everton will attempt to maintain their position in fourth place against fellow Champions League spot chasers Portsmouth.
Everton are a side in great form and Monday’s 2-0 victory at Manchester City meant they have won 10 of their last 16 Premiership matches. Monday’s win also saw one of the meanest defences in the league keep clean sheet number 10 in 13 matches. The emergence of Phil Jagielka at the heart of the Toffees defence has seen them not concede a goal in five successive matches while the goals are flowing in at the other end of the field too. Yakubu has justified his £11.25 million price tag with 14 goals in his last 17 matches and 16 in 26 overall.
Portsmouth are seventh in the Premiership and six points behind Everton. They are one of several clubs still in with a chance of finishing fourth in the league this season along with Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers. Harry Redknapp’s side have great away record and have won eight of their last 11 trips on the road stretching back to last September. They have won their last three matches in all competitions by a 1-0 scoreline.
Everton have won three of their last four meetings against Portsmouth at Goodison Park, with Pompey’s only success in the Premiership coming in the 2005/06 season where they won 1-0 thanks to a Duncan Ferguson own goal on the hour. Last season Everton won 3-0 with a penalty from Mikel Arteta and goals from Joespeh Yobo and Gary Naysmith.