Seamus Coleman and Everton gearing up for Merseyside derby against Liverpool

Brian MacIntyre

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Brian MacIntyre

Seamus Coleman and Everton gearing up for Merseyside derby against Liverpool
Seamus Coleman and his Everton side welcome Liverpool in this evening’s Premier League Merseyside derby, kick-off 5:30pm.

Seamus Coleman and his Everton side welcome Liverpool in this evening’s Premier League Merseyside derby, kick-off 5:30pm.

Roberto Martinez’s team got a much-needed 1-0 win against West Brom last time out. With the transfer window now closed Coleman will be able to concentrate solely on his football after reports suggesting Chelsea and Manchester United were looking to sign the Killybegs man.

It has been a disappointing season so far for Everton but they will be hoping a win against Liverpool at Goodison Park will kick-start their season.

Shay Given didn’t play a part in Aston Villa’s 5-0 defeat to Arsenal but he is getting game time in all of the FA Cup games.

Lots big teams have been knocked out - Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and Southampton all fell in round four - so a win against Leicester in the fifth round would give Villa a big opportunity of reaching the final at Wembley.

Derry native Shane Duffy, whose father Brian hails from Letterkenny, is doing well at Blackburn Rovers.

Duffy was an unused sub in the last couple league games although he played an important part in Blackburn’s fantastic FA Cup win against Swansea. He got man of the match and like Given, will be hoping to try and cause an upset and reach the final in Wembley.

It has been an unfortunate season for Conrad Logan who was in fine form for Rochdale at the start of the year. He landed awkwardly in a match against Notts County and had to have an Achilles operation in December. The Ramelton man has returned to parent club Leicester City to be looked after by the medical team there.

Former Derry City and Finn Harps player Stephen McLaughlin is currently at Nottingham Forrest. He enjoyed an impressive three-month loan spell at Notts County and hopes now he can impress new manager Dougie Freedman and retain his spot in the first team.

Carl McHugh, who joined Plymouth Argyle from Bradford City last summer, is a crucial part of the manager John Sheridan’s defence. McHugh has made 30 appearances this season already and is hoping he can help Plymouth reach the League Two play-offs.