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Everton vs Liverpool expected lineups, team news & predictions

By Ben Green

Everton vs Liverpool expected lineups, team news & predictions

Published: 10:00, 30 November 2021

The latest Merseyside derby comes with an added twist as Liverpool legend Rafa Benitez takes on his former club in the blue corner, representing Everton and looking to blunt the visitors’ Premier League title aspirations.

Once revered on the red side of Stanley Park, Benitez took the brave decision to cross the Liverpool-Everton divide in the summer and, after a strong start to the campaign at Goodison Park, the terraces have now started to seriously turn, with the Toffees currently winless in seven.

Liverpool, by contrast, are a club who continue to look up rather than over their shoulders and they enter this latest installation of the Merseyside derby unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League away games against Everton, a run that stretches back to October 2010.

However, eight of those nine trips to Goodison Park have finished level, including each of the last four in a row, so will it be another derby deadlock? Or can either side turn it on to secure the ultimate bragging rights on Merseyside? We’ve put together five predictions for this highly-anticipated fixture.

Everton vs Liverpool odds from William Hill

  • Result: Everton (7/1) | Draw (19/5) | Liverpool (2/5)
  • Enhanced odds: Mohamed Salah to score first (top price guaranteed) @ 3/1  – was 13/5
  • Enhanced odds: Richarlison to score anytime (top price guaranteed) @ 7/2 – was 27/10
  • Enhanced odds: Sadio Mane to have over 2 shots on target @ 4/1 – was 17/5
  • Enhanced odds: Alexander-Arnold or Townsend to score from outside the penalty area @ 7/1 – was 5/1
  • Enhanced odds: Diogo Jota to score 2 or more @ 7/1 – was 11/2

18+ only. Be Gamble Aware. All odds in this article are correct at 16:00, 29/11/2021.

1. Everton predicted XI

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes remain sidelined through injury, but Benitez does welcome back Richarlison following his one-match ban for yellow card accumulation. Mason Holgate also serves out the final match of his three-game suspension, so will remain unavailable for Everton.

2. Liverpool predicted XI

Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones continue to nurse injuries on the treatment tables, but other than that, Klopp has a full squad to select from and will probably resist the temptation to make too many changes, despite the short turnaround from the weekend, given the significance of this fixture.

3. Mohamed Salah to make Liverpool history (again)

Mohamed Salah has played like a man possessed this season, eradicating his tag as a forward concerned only with goals, though that is certainly not a slight on his part, given his ridiculously prolific nature in front of goal. But, the Egyptian also leads the way this season for the most Premier League assists (eight).

Such a run of inspired playmaker brilliance has culminated in Salah either scoring or assisting a goal in each of his last six Premier League away games (seven goals, five assists). Should he produce the goods once again on the road, then he will become the first Liverpool player to register a goal involvement in seven consecutive Premier League away games.

Incredibly, Salah’s current goal involvements tally of 19 (11 goals, eight assists) is double that of every other Premier League player bar Jamie Vardy on 10 (nine goals, one assist). And while Harry Kane became the first ever player to win both the Playmaker of the Season award and Golden Boot last term, Salah is now firmly on course to replicate that unprecedented feat.

Despite his formidable scoring record in the Premier League, though, Salah only boasts two goals against Everton, in five matches. He’s also never registered an assist in this historic fixture, but given his current form, and the fact he didn’t get amongst the goals at the weekend, he should have a say here.

4. Richarlison to get booked (again)

Richarlison became the second Premier League player this season to face a spell on the sidelines owing to yellow card accumulation. The mercurial forward collected his fifth booking of the campaign against Manchester City, and ultimately missed the weekend’s defeat to Brentford as a result.

In fact, only Emmanuel Dennis of Watford has collected more yellows this season (six) than Richarlison (five), while the Brazilian has been booked more than any other forward in the Premier League (22) since joining Everton in 2018, feeding his reputation as a temperamental talisman for the Toffees.

Given the occasion and Everton’s need for not only points, but more fight, hunger and a bit of bite, Richarlison will be fired up for this affair, and that rarely bodes well, disciplinary wise, for Everton’s Brazilian attacker. Expect another heated contest, and Richarlison to ruffle a few feathers.

In fact, in Premier League history, Everton vs Liverpool has seen more red cards (22) than any other fixture. Richarlison will need to temper his emotions.

5. Benitez will not bite the hand that once fed him

Benitez would have been eyeing this contest up more than any other when Everton’s fixture list was announced, and he would love to turn the tide and get a disillusioned fanbase on his side by biting the hand that once fed him. But, Liverpool are simply scintillating at the minute, and the Toffees, well, aren’t.

Everton, then under Carlo Ancelotti, won 2-0 in their last Premier League game against Liverpool, back in February, which subsequently ended a 20-game winless run in Premier League Merseyside derbies for them. However, you would have to go back to 1984/85 for the last time they won back-to-back league derbies.

What’s more, Benitez’s track record against former clubs is abysmal. The Spaniard has sealed victory in just one of his 10 Premier League games against sides he’s previously managed, with that coming during his spell as Newcastle manager, beating Chelsea 3-0 in May 2018.

And, on top of that, former Liverpool managers have lost 13 of their last 14 Premier League games against the Reds, with Brendan Rodgers being the only man to buck that trend after his Leicester City beat the Merseyside club 3-1 last season. So yeah, things are not looking great for Benitez.


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