Everton vs Liverpool: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
The first Merseyside derby of the season kicks off the Premier League weekend and it has all the ingredients of a classic.
Everton vs Liverpool: Predictions
Early Premier League leaders Everton welcome arch rivals Liverpool to Goodison Park on Saturday in what promises to be one of the most fascinating Merseyside derbies in recent memory.
The Toffees have started the new campaign in faultless fashion, winning their opening four league matches, including a convincing curtain raiser against Tottenham to sit atop the table, but more importantly, ahead of their neighbours.
The reigning champions were also flying high with three wins of the spin, but they hit a snag just before the international break as Aston Villa humbled them 7-2 in a shock defeat of epic proportions, topping the 6-1 loss Manchester United experienced earlier that day.
Jurgen Klopp has had a fortnight to mull over that uncharacteristic defeat but he faces one of the game’s great tacticians in Carlo Ancelotti this weekend, so his task to dispel any early-season concerns will not be easy.
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Everton vs Liverpool: Match Stats
The Toffees enter this fixture in exceptional form having netted the joint-most goals this season (12), and responsible for 50 per cent of those is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has further notched a hat-trick in the League Cup, which makes him the current top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.
But, goals won’t be enough for Everton if they are to get a result here. The hosts are winless in 19 Premier League meetings with Liverpool, dating back to October 2010, so will know they need to be on the ball at both ends of the pitch. The Reds tend to enjoy the lion’s share of possession, so Everton will need to stand firm in the face of their visitor’s ball-hogging exploits.
One player who could make the difference in that respect is summer signing Allan. The Brazilian is so far averaging four tackles per game, but Liverpool represents his most difficult challenge to date. He has been declared fit after missing the Brighton game and is set for a busy afternoon at Goodison Park.
21 June 2020 – Everton 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League
05 January 2020 – Liverpool 1-0 Everton – FA Cup
04 December 2019 – Liverpool 5-2 Everton – Premier League
03 March 2019 – Everton 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League
02 December 2018 – Liverpool 1-0 Everton – Premier League
As mentioned, you would have to travel back a decade to the last time Everton tasted victory over their cross-city rivals. That 2-0 home win in the Premier League saw Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta get on the scoresheet to sink Roy Hodgson’s side.
Since that meeting, however, the Reds have gone 22 games without suffering the same fate, while Klopp’s own record against Everton stands at seven wins and four draws. He will be determined to maintain that impressive tally.