Liverpool and Everton are separated by just six points in the Premier League standings and that’s the result of their performance on the road. The Reds have home pitch advantage in the local derby and hope to capitalize on it when Everton come visiting. Their opponents are not to be trifled with, as they are one of the most in-form teams in the championship and have scored a bucketful of goals recently.
No Clean Sheets for Liverpool
The biggest concern ahead of this fixture for Liverpool is the fact that it’s been a while since they managed to prevent opponents from scoring. Playing at home didn’t help either and quite often the visitors found their way to the net at least once. Everton is famous for scoring plenty of goals and the hosts will need to find a way to contain Lukaku.
The Belgian striker plays for his national team, but was given enough time to rest and will feature in the starting formation. He can take advantage of the defensive errors committed by Liverpool defenders and knows all the weaknesses of goalkeeper Mignolet. The hosts’ best chance is to exercise constant pressure from the first minute and hope that Everton will succumb to pressure.
Not the Time to Defend a Scoreless Draw
The particularity of the Liverpool Derby is that the rivalry runs deep and the teams’ position in the standings is less important. For the first time in many years, both Liverpool and Everton have a real shot at securing a Champions League berth. Both are fighting for the fourth place and even though Liverpool is better positioned, a defeat against Everton would allow the Blues to close the gap.
This football match promises to be very exciting to watch even for those who don’t have any affiliation to either team. Punters can expect plenty of goals to be scored and can bet on more than 2.5 goals at bet365 Sports to lock in on odds of 7/10.