Liverpool vs. Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

02 January 2020

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Liverpool vs. Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

With their first Premier League title all but sewn up, Liverpool’s attention turns to the FA Cup, and what a tie to start with against local rivals Everton. The Toffees have been rejuvenated by the arrival of new manager Carlo Ancelotti, but the visitors have an awful record at Anfield.

Past Meetings

Everton haven’t tasted victory across Stanley Park since 1999, and haven’t managed a win against Liverpool since 2010. The Reds have won 10 of the 20 meetings between the clubs since, including two FA Cup ties - most recently at the same stage two years ago. Liverpool have won their last three home games against Everton, including a 5-2 success in the Premier League in December.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp hasn’t had much room for manoeuvre with respect to rotating his defenders over the busy Christmas period, with Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne all on the treatment table. Midfielders Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both out of this derby too, along with Xherdan Shaqiri.

Morgan Schneiderlin is expected to be fit for this game following a calf strain, although Andre Gomes remains on the sidelines after his awful ankle injury. Alex Iwobi is out for another couple of weeks due to a hamstring problem, while there’s a similar timeframe on Jean-Philippe Gbamin following surgery on a thigh injury.

Liverpool vs. Everton Preview and Predictions

Liverpool’s record in 2019 was absolutely stunning, with the Reds closing out the year with a victory over Wolves that took them to 27 victories in 28 games since their goalless draw against Everton in March. Throw in a Champions League victory and a commanding lead in this season’s Premier League title race, and things look a little ominous for Everton this weekend.

However, the Toffees won both of their first two matches under Ancelotti, ahead of a tough away day at Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Both of those victories over Burnley and Newcastle were hard-fought, with striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin shining in scoring three goals. That said, many an Everton manager have tried and failed to win at Anfield in recent years.

This current Liverpool crop is unlike any other that’s gone before in the Premier League era though. Their kids may have taken a pasting in the League Cup while the senior players were busy winning the Club World Cup, but Klopp’s side have been stacking up the wins for months, and usually purring in the process.

That was certainly the case in the derby just a matter of weeks ago, where Klopp shuffled his pack and was rewarded with a brace from Divock Origi and a Xherdan Shaqiri strike. Even if Liverpool make a few changes here they’ll still be odds-on favourites for the win at 1.45, while Everton are 5.35. A draw and subsequent replay is 4.25.

Recommended Bets

Liverpool to win and BTTS at 2.30

These teams shared seven goals not long ago, while Everton have made improvements since they welcomed Ancelotti to the blue half of Merseyside.

Calvert-Lewin to score first at 10.00

If you’re looking for an outside bet for the first goalscorer, Calvert-Lewin could be worth a shout after netting five goals in five Premier League games ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium. You could back it up by betting on Liverpool to win from behind at 5.75.

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