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Andre Gray praises Marco Silva and Sean Dyche for sustaining Watford and Burnley's charge

Andre Gray praises Marco Silva and Sean Dyche for sustaining Watford and Burnley's charge

Andre Gray praises Marco Silva and Sean Dyche for sustaining Watford and Burnley's charge

Burnley and Watford’s on-field feats may have ensured that their reputation as the Premier League’s great overachievers remains intact, but perhaps the greatest undertaking of a heady campaign to date has been achieved in the boardrooms of Turf Moor and Vicarage Road. The striking start made by both clubs, who now sit in seventh and ninth, has not gone unnoticed. Nor has the capacity to transform relegation candidates of last season into contenders for European football this term. Resisting overtures for their managers and emerging unscathed from the recent managerial merry-go-round has been an accomplishment for both clubs, even if it is likely to be a problem that remains unresolved, while Sean Dyche and Marco Silva continue to parade their credentials for “big jobs”. A strength of unity and purpose has underscored successes. And while they have differing philosophies, the Watford forward, Andre Gray, who transferred allegiances in the summer when moving to Hertfordshire from Lancashire, believes the narrative is very much identical. “They’re both honest and they’ve both got the same sort of morals when it comes to managing,” Gray said. “The table doesn’t lie and what they’re doing with the group of players they’ve got is proving they’re good managers. Everyone speaks highly of both of them. “There is always somewhere for a player or a manager to leave and go to, whether it is a better club or a better league or for whatever reason. That’s how it is and, obviously, as long as our manager and Sean Dyche at Burnley are not top of the league then there is always somewhere for them to progress and move on to. It’s just part and parcel of football. If they keep doing well they’re always going to be linked with big jobs.” Scott Arfield (right) scored the winner for Burnley against Watford Credit: Reuters Burnley maintained their fine form with a narrow win over Watford to remain tucked in just behind Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal. And while their cause was aided by the 39th-minute dismissal of Watford left-back Marvin Zeegelaar, Gray stressed that he has been impressed by the way his former colleagues have gone about their business this year. Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s pass created the winning goal for Scott Arfield in the 45th minute and the hosts twice looked to have increased their margin of victory only to be denied by offside rulings against Ashley Barnes. “It’s 16 games into the season, not four or five where they’ve had a great run,” Gray said. “Burnley will not be spoken about until the end of the season and then, if they’re still there, maybe they will. It’s better for the team if they keep going under the radar and keep putting in the performances they have this season because the sky’s the limit. They will all know in the dressing room what they’re capable of. I think everyone will start to believe that sooner or later.”

Andre Gray praises Marco Silva and Sean Dyche for sustaining Watford and Burnley's charge

Burnley and Watford’s on-field feats may have ensured that their reputation as the Premier League’s great overachievers remains intact, but perhaps the greatest undertaking of a heady campaign to date has been achieved in the boardrooms of Turf Moor and Vicarage Road. The striking start made by both clubs, who now sit in seventh and ninth, has not gone unnoticed. Nor has the capacity to transform relegation candidates of last season into contenders for European football this term. Resisting overtures for their managers and emerging unscathed from the recent managerial merry-go-round has been an accomplishment for both clubs, even if it is likely to be a problem that remains unresolved, while Sean Dyche and Marco Silva continue to parade their credentials for “big jobs”. A strength of unity and purpose has underscored successes. And while they have differing philosophies, the Watford forward, Andre Gray, who transferred allegiances in the summer when moving to Hertfordshire from Lancashire, believes the narrative is very much identical. “They’re both honest and they’ve both got the same sort of morals when it comes to managing,” Gray said. “The table doesn’t lie and what they’re doing with the group of players they’ve got is proving they’re good managers. Everyone speaks highly of both of them. “There is always somewhere for a player or a manager to leave and go to, whether it is a better club or a better league or for whatever reason. That’s how it is and, obviously, as long as our manager and Sean Dyche at Burnley are not top of the league then there is always somewhere for them to progress and move on to. It’s just part and parcel of football. If they keep doing well they’re always going to be linked with big jobs.” Scott Arfield (right) scored the winner for Burnley against Watford Credit: Reuters Burnley maintained their fine form with a narrow win over Watford to remain tucked in just behind Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal. And while their cause was aided by the 39th-minute dismissal of Watford left-back Marvin Zeegelaar, Gray stressed that he has been impressed by the way his former colleagues have gone about their business this year. Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s pass created the winning goal for Scott Arfield in the 45th minute and the hosts twice looked to have increased their margin of victory only to be denied by offside rulings against Ashley Barnes. “It’s 16 games into the season, not four or five where they’ve had a great run,” Gray said. “Burnley will not be spoken about until the end of the season and then, if they’re still there, maybe they will. It’s better for the team if they keep going under the radar and keep putting in the performances they have this season because the sky’s the limit. They will all know in the dressing room what they’re capable of. I think everyone will start to believe that sooner or later.”

Andre Gray praises Marco Silva and Sean Dyche for sustaining Watford and Burnley's charge

Andre Gray praises Marco Silva and Sean Dyche for sustaining Watford and Burnley's charge

Andre Gray admits the rest of the Premier League need to take Burnley more seriously after narrow defeat

Andre Gray admits the rest of the Premier League need to take Burnley more seriously after narrow defeat

Andre Gray admits the rest of the Premier League need to take Burnley more seriously after narrow defeat

Andre Gray admits the rest of the Premier League need to take Burnley more seriously after narrow defeat

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Watford boss Silva slams 'harsh' Zeegelaar dismissal

Marco Silva has criticised Lee Probert's controversial decision to send Marvin Zeegelaar off in Watford's 1-0 defeat at Burnley.

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's Steven Defour in action REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Watford's Heurelho Gomes makes a save REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's Kevin Long in action with Watford's Jose Holebas Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Watford's Andre Carrillo in action with Burnley's Jack Cork REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Watford's Marvin Zeegelaar fouls Burnley's Steven Defour before being sent off REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Watford's Heurelho Gomes makes a save REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's Steven Defour shoots at goal from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's Johann Berg Gudmundsson shoots from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's James Tarkowski gestures to fans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's Phil Bardsley in action with Watford's Richarlison REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Watford's Troy Deeney in action with Burnley's Jack Cork REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Burnley's Steven Defour receives medical attention REUTERS/Phil Noble

Premier League - Burnley vs Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Watford - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 9, 2017 Watford manager Marco Silva REUTERS/Phil Noble

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Conte: Chelsea were never in title race

Antonio Conte concedes that Chelsea "were never in the title race" following their opening day defeat against Burnley. The champions suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign against West Ham, to all but end their hopes of retaining the crown.

Scott Arfield gives Burnley win over Watford after Marvin Zeegelaar red card

Scott Arfield gives Burnley win over Watford after Marvin Zeegelaar red card

Scott Arfield celebrates scoring Burnley’s opening goal against Watford with team mate Stephen Ward.

Scott Arfield gives Burnley win over Watford after Marvin Zeegelaar red card

Scott Arfield gives Burnley win over Watford after Marvin Zeegelaar red card

Burnley 1 Watford 0: Scott Arfield winner ensures Sean Dyche's side stay within touching distance of Europe

Burnley 1 Watford 0: Scott Arfield winner ensures Sean Dyche's side stay within touching distance of Europe

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