Liverpool v Everton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Everton

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Liverpool start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel that this will be a tight and cagey affair and back the 11/8 odds being offered by Bet365 on under 2.5 goals. In four out of their last five games this result has materialised and given the desire to not lose coupled with the volume of games each team is playing over the next month,, it is likely that these two will cancel each other out for long periods. We would also double up the bet by backing under 11 corners at 4/5, another market which came in during both games last season.

Liverpool host Everton in the Merseyside derby as both teams battle for bragging rights in one of the biggest derby games of the season. The two rivals currently sit at opposite ends of the table as Everton battle to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle while Liverpool continue their push to deliver their first league title in almost 30 years. However form counts for little in a clash between local rivals and anything could happen on Wednesday night.

Liverpool come into this game having beaten Brighton 2-1. The Reds were cruising courtesy of a headed brace from Virgil Van Dijk before a rush of blood from Alisson got him sent off for handling outside the area. Lewis Dunk’s quick thinking in taking the resulting free-kick, while Adrian was sorting out the wall, brought Brighton back into the game and left Liverpool battling to earn another victory. Thankfully for Jurgen Klopp, his team held out but he will be getting concerned at the lack of clean sheets being attained and how many games they are winning late or by the odd goal. With a huge fixture list ahead, Klopp will know that three points are crucial if Liverpool are to maintain their cushion at the top, especially given the volume of games ahead. It will be interesting to see if the German does look to invest in the January transfer window as injuries are now starting to take hold as seen with Fabinho being ruled out until the new year. Liverpool’s bench strength isn’t as strong as City’s and given their high intensity style of play and the team battling on many fronts, Klopp will either have to invest or risk rotating his team in games in order to keep everyone fresh.

Everton come into this game having lost in the final few minutes against Leicester. The Toffee’s were playing well and took the lead through a Richarlison header. But a tactical change from Brendan Rodgers changed the game as did the introduction of Iheanacho who scored the winning goal late on. The result leaves Marco Silva’s reign at Goodison in the balance and a heavy loss against their city rivals could signal the end. Pundits have acknowledged that the players still seem to be playing for the manager and there was no lack of effort against Leicester. However results have eluded the team and they are now languishing in 17th position, two points above the relegation zone. For a team boasting so many players costing over £35M this is unacceptable to both the board and fans, further compounding the pressure on Silva. How the manager sets up for this clash will be interesting as he has had success in frustrating Liverpool in recent years but with the team in dire need of three points, they may have to be more expansive which will set Liverpool up for their counter-attacks.

In team news, Liverpool will be without midfielder Fabinho who has been ruled out until the new year with an ankle injury. Goalkeeper Alisson will also miss out after his red card against Brighton with Adrian set to deputise again. The Spaniard stepped in for the Alisson earlier in the season as Liverpool went about their record-equalling run of undefeated league games and Jurgen Klopp will have full confidence in his backup keeper. Joel Matip is also struggling to overcome his injury and will miss out with Dejan Lovren likely to continue in his place.

Everton will be boosted by the news that Theo Walcott has overcome illness and will be available for selection. Seamus Coleman suffered a rib injury and is a major doubt for this one as is Fabian Delph.
Despite some tough encounters, Liverpool have had the better of this fixture over the past few years. Everton have to go back to 2010 for the last time they beat their rivals when goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta helped secure the points. It has been 19 games and almost a decade since that victory but Everton will take heart from the fact that they held the Reds to a 0-0 draw at Goodison last season and almost repeated the trick at Anfield, until a dramatic last minute mistake from keeper Pickford allowed Divock Origi to head in. Liverpool have only managed two goals in their last four league meetings against Everton so this definitely won’t be an easy task for them.

Punter's Pick

Liverpool start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel that this will be a tight and cagey affair and back the 11/8 odds being offered by Bet365 on under 2.5 goals. In four out of their last five games this result has materialised and given the desire to not lose coupled with the volume of games each team is playing over the next month,, it is likely that these two will cancel each other out for long periods. We would also double up the bet by backing under 11 corners at 4/5, another market which came in during both games last season.

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