Match of the Week

CAPTION CORRECTION....Football - Liverpool v Everton FA Cup Fourth Round

*No matter what time of year, no matter what continent one is on, on any given weekend one can catch an entertaining soccer game. The key is to know where to look. Well, look no further -- here's a weekly feature that will preview (and eventually recap) my favorite match of the weekend. Consider this your open thread for all of the weekend's matches.*

I'm tired of writing about "big-four only" matches, so this week, instead of penning a half-hearted article about Sunday's Chelsea-Arsenal match (which you can catch beginning at 10 a.m. on FSC), I'll be writing about a match I really care about -- Everton v. Liverpool.

And yes, I know this will be the second time I've written about Everton in the past month.
And no, I'm not a closeted Everton fanatic. But something about U.S. National Team star Landon Donovan doing big things for the club -- he has one goal and one assist in four Premier League games -- has me roped in. So, with all that, let's get down to business. Here's your match of the week.

**The Game:** Everton at Liverpool

**TV:** 6:30 a.m Saturday on ESPN2

**Quick Preview:** Tim Howard and Landon Donovan take Everton's three-game league winning streak to Anfield this Saturday, where they will face a motivated Liverpool side who are battling for a Champions League spot. Look for the Reds to come out firing on all cylinders, as they need the home win to keep place with 4th place Tottenham, who they trail by one point.

**My prediction:** 1-1 tie. Steven Gerrard and Tim Cahill with the goals.

As always, I'll be back with the result and a brief recap of the match sometime after it's conclusion. Here's a [full TV listing of this weekend's games](http://www.soccerbyives.net/soccer_by_ives/2010/02/this-weekends-soccer-on-tv.html). Enjoy.

**Result:** Liverpool 1 - Everton 0. Recap and video highlights after the jump. Despite going up a man in the 33rd minute, Everton couldn't get past archrival Liverpool, falling 1-0 to their crosstown rivals in an incredibly physical match. Dirk Kuyt scored the winner -- his 50th goal for the club -- in the 55th minute off of a Steven Gerrard corner.

The win moves Liverpool into sole possession of fourth place with 44 points. Despite the loss, Everton remains in 9th.

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  • YES! The Reds did it. You'll never walk alone after all.

  • Hey Sam,

    Can we get a decent (original) name for this blog? How many "Team Name" Confidential blogs are there on ChicagoNow? Figure out a decent name you like and re-brand!

  • In reply to Byron:

    Yeah, that's a good idea. It doesn't have to be Fire-based, you can write about all soccer. How about a new name contest?
    Let's come up with some names: I can't think of any good ones, though.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I like where your guys's heads are at. I'll talk to the editor asap and see if we can get to work on a name change.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Soccertown, USA. Or Soccerville. Not Soccer City because that's a stadium in South Africa.

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