Liverpool V Everton
13.30 Kick off Live on Sky Sports 1
The Merseyside Derby is the longest running top flight derby and has been played 278 times in the past and Liverpool have the better record winning 116 times. Everton have won 82 times and they have drawn 80 times.
Everton have not managed a victory in the last 13 derby’s and have not won at Anfield since 1999 that is some 17 matches.
In this seasons reverse fixture back in December in 2016 it was a last minute Sadio Mane goal that separated the two sides. This was the first time Liverpool had won a Merseyside derby with a goal in added time since April 2001 when Gary McAllister struck a 40 yard free kick to win 3-2 at Goodison Park.
Following a poor start to the year Liverpool seem to have improved their form winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 2 of their last 6 games. They are unbeaten in their last 3 beating Burnley and Arsenal and drawing with Man City last time out at the Etihad.
Everton have been in good form and have won 4 drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 6 matches. In their last 2 matches they have managed 2 wins scoring 7 goals and conceded 0 against West Brom (3-0) and Hull (4-0).
Liverpool are currently in 4th position in the league and a win here could take them to level on points with 2nd club Tottenham.
Everton have been really closing the gap on the top 6 and their chase for European football and a win here could take them as high as 5th place ahead of Man Utd and Arsenal and just 3 points behind Liverpool in 4th.
Liverpool boss has this week slammed the international fixture list in the wake of Adam Lallana’s injury which Klopp said “We expect Lallana to miss 3 or 4 weeks which at this stage of the season can be 6,7 or even 8 games. It will be a big loss”.
Everton boss Koeman also used his press conference to discuss injuries picked up on International duty, more notably Seamus Colemans horror injury “It’s a big, big blow for the club. In all my years in football, Seamus is one of the best professional’s I’ve ever worked with at any club”.
Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana because of the aforementioned injury picked up on International duty. Jordan Henderson looks to have missed out on his battle to be fit. Daniel Sturridge is back in training and could feature.
Whereas Liverpool are a little threadbare in midfield it’s defensively that Everton are struggling, they are missing Coleman for a long time and also Ramiro Funes Mori looks to be out for the season as well following another international injury. Morgan Schneiderlin has a calf injury and is also unavailable.
Liverpool are generally an 8/11 chance but you can get 3/4 with Betstars. Everton are @ 43/10 with Marathon Bet and the draw is 31/10 also with marathon Bet.
Being a Liverpool fan it is extremely difficult to be objective with this one but I am going to plump for the draw here @ the 31/10, Liverpool’s midfield is extremely depleted and their Brazilian duo hove only just arrived back from South America and could be fatigued.