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

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Everton v Liverpool

Premier League: Sun, 3/03  Stadium: Goodison Park

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In the markets, it is difficult to look beyond a Liverpool victory. Bet365 are still offering a generous 8/13 for the Reds to win, and considering how Everton have not registered a victory against their rivals in over eight years, this is unlikely to change on Sunday. Goals have also been at a premium in this fixture in recent years, so backing under 2.5 goals at 10/11 with the same bookmaker could offer good value.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

The Merseyside derby returns as Liverpool continue their quest for a first Premier League title, with their city rivals looking to put a dent in their challenge and avenge their last minute loss at Anfield.

The two sides met in an extraordinary encounter earlier in the season, when Everton frustrated their rivals and looked on course for a well-deserved point. However, a last minute from slice from Virgil Van Dijk seemed to be going over the bar in the final minutes but was mishandled and knocked back in to play by keeper Jordan Pickford, allowing Divock Origi to head in and win all three points. Everton will certainly take heart from that performance and look to derail Liverpool’s title bid again on Sunday.

Manager Marco Silva has had a tough time recently, with his team losing five out of six games prior to their 3-0 win away at Cardiff on Tuesday. This has left them in 9th place and scrambling to secure their top ten status come the end of the season. Three losses on the trot, all to teams above them, saw Silva come under pressure from fans and pundits alike. This coupled with the teams ability to score just once in those games outlined their shortcomings up front, with the likes of Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin struggling to score. But an improved display at Cardiff saw Gylfi Sigurdsson score twice and Dominic Calvert-Lewin chip in to break their poor run.

Liverpool were seen as having a mini crisis of their own, with the team registering four draws in five games before their 5-0 win over Watford last time out. This enabled champions City to close the gap at the top to just one point, despite the Reds losing just once this season. But the Watford win showed their mental strength in continuing to win when the pressure was on and the form of Trent Alexander-Arnold was a timely boost for Klopp’s men. The youngster became the youngest player to register three assists in a match and now the team can count on an established right-back as opposed to reverting to makeshift options.

In team news, Everton can welcome back Andre Gomes who was rested for the win at Cardiff. The Portuguese impressed in the reverse fixture and was unlucky to finish on the losing side given his display. The Toffees however will be without left-back Leighton Baines, who remains sidelined with a rib injury.

Liverpool will be hopeful that Roberto Firmino is declared fit. The Brazilian missed the game against Watford with an ankle injury, allowing Divock Origi to start. Although the Belgian netted in the 5-0 win, it is likely Firmino will slot straight back in up front to reform his partnership with Salah and Mane.

Everton will look to the successes they had against Liverpool in their last game, with a view to frustrating the Reds when attacking. It is a tactic which served them well for 90 plus minutes but the question will be what Everton can do if they do go a goal behind. Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin will be crucial in patrolling the space in front of the back four, as Liverpool look to get between the lines to create their chances. Which of Liverpool’s midfielders start will be interesting, as they may opt for the more dynamic Naby Keita in place of Henderson to keep the ball moving quicker.

 

In the markets, it is difficult to look beyond a Liverpool victory. Bet365 are still offering a generous 8/13 for the Reds to win, and considering how Everton have not registered a victory against their rivals in over eight years, this is unlikely to change on Sunday. Goals have also been at a premium in this fixture in recent years, so backing under 2.5 goals at 10/11 with the same bookmaker could offer good value.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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