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Liverpool are favourites for FA Cup showdown, insists Everton assistant

Julian Shea Everton assistant boss Steve Round says Liverpool are favourites for the teams’ FA Cup semi-final despite his side going into the clash as Merseyside’s top dogs. Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon (left) vies with Everton midfielder Leon Osman during Monday’s Premier League game (Picture: AFP/Getty) Four second half goals earned the Toffees a 4-0 win over Sunderland on Monday, reinforcing their position in seventh place in the table, one above their cross-city rivals, who are on a poor run of form.Magaye Gueye netted his first goal for the club before Steven Pienaar curled in a beauty and, 60 seconds later, Leon Osman followed suit before substitute Victor Anichebe wrapped things up as Everton kept up their impressive record against Sunderland – the Black Cats have now not won at Goodison Park in 13 attempts. Afterwards, however, Round was refusing to get carried away looking forward to the weekend. ‘They [Liverpool] are favourites. They’ve got so many great players with history and tradition, but we’re a lot closer to them than we were. We’ve hit some great form and great credit to the chairman, he managed to recruit us some Grade A players in January,’ he said.‘That’s given everybody a lift and it’s put us on a run of form. The other players have fed off that and their confidence has come through.’

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Liverpool v Everton preview

Liverpool v Everton previewTeam news for Tuesday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield (kick-off 8pm).Last Updated: 12/03/12 at 15:47   Liverpool v Everton. Click here to bet.

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Gerrard: Was on bench at Sunderland
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to return to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.The midfielder came off the bench in the weekend’s defeat at Sunderland after recovering from a hamstring problem.Right-back Glen Johnson has missed the last two matches with a niggle but will be assessed again on Tuesday, while fellow defender Daniel Agger is still missing with a cracked rib.Everton have winger Steven Pienaar back available for the trip across Stanley Park.Pienaar, who is on loan from Tottenham, returns to the Toffees matchday squad after being ineligible for the 1-0 win over his parent club on Saturday.Midfielder Jack Rodwell and defender Phil Jagielka made their first-team comebacks from injury as substitutes in that game and could be in line for recalls to the starting XI.Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique, Adam, Spearing, Downing, Gerrard, Bellamy, Suarez, Doni, Kelly, Coates, Shelvey, Henderson, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Carroll.Everton (from): Howard, Heitinga, Baines, Distin, Hibbert, Neville, Cahill, Drenthe, Osman, Fellaini, Stracqualursi, Jelavic, Coleman, Barkley, Jagielka, Anichebe, Gueye, Mucha, Rodwell, Pienaar, Vellios.  Liverpool v Everton. Click here to bet.

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