Liverpool and Everton will share the pitch for the 289th time in their long and eventful history. Merseyside Derby is one of the most intense in the world, and do not doubt that this chapter will also bring a lot of excitement and thrill. Both sides are in a must-win situation, therefore, a big battle is expected at Anfield this Saturday afternoon. It is not only about the standings and points but about the prestige, because these teams simply hate one another.
Liverpool (-205) comes into this match following a big win in Leipzig over RB, which might create a big swing for Jurgen Klopp’s side. In order to capitalize on that success, they would need to beat Everton tomorrow, and that is the only way for them to receive a significant morale boost.
Otherwise, the solid performance against the Germans would be wasted. Liverpool lost three EPL matches, and is in a position where they have no room for mistakes anymore. Any slip would mean that the Champions League place for the upcoming year is in jeopardy.
Now check one pretty fascinating data. Liverpool hasn’t won in the past five home games, scoring just two goals during that span and losing the three latest events. The most recent was against Man City, who rolled over the champions with 1-4.
Everton (+600) received a hard slap in the face at home this weekend, losing to Fulham 0-2, and after that dropping another event, but this time to Manchester City, 1-3. They are just three points away from the Reds in the standings, and five from Chelsea, who is sitting fourth, but with a game in hand.
That is why Toffees see this clash as a turning point for the entire season. With a win, or even a draw, they would be in a much better position than all other rivals, who mostly have one more game played.
Everton has seven road games without a loss, winning five and having two draws as well. In all but two of those, they’ve scored twice or more, with the counter-attacks presenting the biggest weapon for Ancelotti’s boys.
There is nothing new with Liverpool. Fabinho, Gomez, Jota, Matip, Milner, and Van Dijk are out, Keita is questionable.
Mina and Gbamin are out for Everton.
Head to Head Matches
Liverpool has 121 wins against Everton, and 82 losses with 85 events ending without a winner. As for the current situation, we’ll just tell you that the Toffees haven’t won in the previous 23 matches. Yes, you read it well, 23 games. Though, the most recent was 2-2 at Goodison.
Liverpool needs to win here, and there is no other choice for the Reds. We do respect Everton’s power and their excellent performances on the road, but in this case, we need to go with the hosts’ victory. This will be a tough one, but Liverpool should record a win and get back into the Champions League race. For those who are courageous, go with Liverpool wins with a -1.5 handicap; that is more than doubling the stakes.
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