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Liverpool vs Everton predictions, team news & possible lineups | Premier League

By Harry Edwards

Liverpool vs Everton predictions, team news & possible lineups | Premier League

Published: 11:06, 19 February 2021

Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday at 5:30pm.

The Reds have fallen away from the title race and out of the top four with three consecutive league defeats but did bounce back with a big win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek. Everton have also been struggling of late. They are winless in their last three games, including back-to-back losses against Fulham and Manchester City.

But what will happen when Liverpool host Everton this weekend? Here are five predictions:

1. Liverpool will line up like…

Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have too many options to choose from at Liverpool right now thanks to the Reds’ injury problems. Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Virgil van Dijk are all still injured while Naby Keita has only recently returned to training following his own lay-off. Fabinho is also a doubt with a muscle injury, having missed the past two games. As a result, don’t be surprised to see Liverpool go unchanged from midweek, with Curtis Jones keeping his spot in midfielder after another impressive performance.

2. Calvert-Lewin to make Everton’s XI?

Everton are set to receive a big fitness boost for the Merseyside Derby. Carlo Ancelotti revealed in Thursday’s press conference that Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be available to start after overcoming their respective injury issues.

“We preferred to give Allan one day training instead of staying on the bench [against Manchester City],” Ancelotti told reporters.

“He trained today and we hope he will be available for Saturday – to start. Also, Calvert-Lewin, I think, can start.”

Calvert-Lewin’s re-introduction could result in the return of the 4-2-3-1 formation, with Gylfi Sigurdsson dropping back into his more natural attacking midfield role. Richarlison would occupy the wing and Lucas Digne would play at full-back (having covered in midfield against Man City). Yerry Mina, meanwhile, is unavailable after picking up an injury in midweek while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is also absent.

3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin to mark his return

Calvert-Lewin’s return to fitness and the starting XI, if Ancelotti’s optimism isn’t misplaced, has come at the right time for Everton. In the two Premier League games Calvert-Lewin missed due to the hamstring injury picked up against Tottenham in the FA Cup, Everton scored just once and were kept out completely by Fulham.

This was no real surprise, as Calvert-Lewin has hogged the Premier League goals for Everton. Having scored 13 in 20 games makes him the only Toffees player to hit double figures. James Rodriguez is the closest to him at Everton, but the Colombian has only scored five times while Richarlison only got his third of the season against Man City in midweek.

On his day, Calvert-Lewin is as dangerous as any top Premier League goalscorer this season, so it’s no surprise to see only Mohamed Salah (17) and Bruno Fernandes (14) outscoring him. But there’s one thing that sets him out as a particular danger for this weekend.

2020/21 Premier League top four selected odds by William Hill

  • Liverpool: 2/5
  • Leicester: 8/15
  • Chelsea: 8/13
  • Tottenham: 5/1
  • West Ham: 8/1
  • Aston Villa: 9/1
  • Everton: 12/1

All odds in this article are accurate at time of publication (11:00, 19/02/21). You can find more William Hill football markets here. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.

Interestingly, eight of Calvert-Lewin’s 13 league goals so far this season have been scored away from home (61.5%), more than any other Everton player has managed whether at Goodison or the road. The Englishman is also just one goal away from equalling Everton’s Premier League record for most away goals scored in a single season, which currently stands at nine and was set by Romelu Lukaku in both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.

Going into this season, Calvert-Lewin didn’t have a good record against Liverpool, failing to score in 10 appearances both in the league and cup, but he broke that duck in the previous meeting with a late equaliser in the brilliant 2-2 draw. Against Liverpool’s makeshift defence, and if the supply is right, Calvert-Lewin will be licking his lips.

4. Goals, goals, goals

Speaking of defences, this fixture hasn’t always delivered goals in recent years but if any meeting between Liverpool and Everton is bound to deliver excitement at both ends of the pitch, it’s the one scheduled this weekend.

Liverpool were excellent defensively last season but with Van Dijk out injured, among many others, uncertainty at the back has understandably crept in. The result has been several slapstick incidents while conceding goals. The centre-back duo of Ozan Kabak and Jordan Henderson is the 13th pairing Klopp has had to use across all competitions this season and although they produced a clean sheet against RB Leipzig in midweek, in the Premier League things got off to a rocky start.

On Kabak’s Premier League debut, Liverpool shipped three goals in seven second-half minutes, with the Turkish centre-back having been attributed an ‘error leading to a goal’ by Opta for his role in Jamie Vardy’s strike to put Leicester 2-1 up. It wasn’t completely Kabak’s fault but therein lies the other problem: Alisson is in strange form. The Brazilian has made three errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season and all three have come in the past two matches. Against Man City, Alisson twice misplaced a pass before conceding, while against Leicester it was his breakdown in communication with Kabak, charging out to clear a ball his defender had under control, that gave Vardy an open net.

Everton aren’t perfect either, however. The Toffees have the worst defence in the Premier League’s top 10 so far this season and have kept just one clean sheet in 11 games across all competitions in 2021, with that coming against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. Focusing on more recent matches, Everton have conceded at least two goals in each of their past four games, including four against Tottenham.

5. Liverpool to end their Anfield rut

Everton go into this game in good form away from home in the Premier League, unbeaten in their past seven games and having won five while drawing twice for their best run since March 2016. At the same time, Liverpool have been suffering at Anfield, losing their past three games at the ground having previously gone 68 without defeat. The fortress has well and truly crumbled. So, all signs should point to an away win, right?

Well, this is the Merseyside Derby and they do say form goes out the window leading up to it, especially where Everton are concerned. Going into the game at Goodison Park earlier this season, Everton had enjoyed a perfect start in the Premier League, winning all four of their opening matches and some may have had them as slight favourites. But they went a goal down within three minutes, were eventually reduced to 10 men and came away with a point thanks solely to a very late disallowed goal. There’s something about playing Liverpool that brings out the worst in Everton.

Liverpool vs Everton betting favourites: 

  • Liverpool to win: 4/9
  • Draw: 17/5
  • Everton to win: 13/2

All odds in this article are accurate at time of publication (11:00, 19/02/21). You can find more William Hill football markets here. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.

Overall, Everton are winless in their last 20 Premier League matches against Liverpool, their longest such record versus any opponent in the competition (and it stretches to 23 matches when taking into account all competitions). The Toffees also haven’t won a league game at Anfield since September 1999, a run which also spans 20 matches.

Anything can happen in football, and Everton finally breaking that run is likelier now than during past meetings. But it’s equally plausible they will crumble under the pressure applied by Liverpool again.


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