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Everton stalwart cautious ahead of Liverpool derby clash

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has admitted that he hopes his side win the Merseyside derby against Liverpool this weekend, but stressed that the hosts are not favourites.

Roberto Martinez’s men came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against West Brom last time out and will fancy their chances of betting a lukewarm Reds at Goodison Park on Sunday.

However, Jagielka has stressed that he personally has a bad record in derby fixtures and as such will be entering the game in a cautious mood.

“Last season we came into the derby game and as a group we were expecting to win,” the England defender told The Telegraph.

“Before then we had the game when [Daniel] Sturridge scored a late goal [equaliser] from a header. There have been games we should have won or drawn.

“I have not won many derby games. I didn’t win many at Sheffield United either. I’ve banged my head on the table too many times.”

Pressure is building on Brendan Rodgers after a mediocre start to the new season, with the visitors no longer able to call on long-term talisman Steven Gerrard in their midfield and also losing Raheem Sterling over the summer.

Everton fans will have belief that their side can have a progressive season after a good start to the campaign and no distraction of the Europa League in 2015-16.

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