Premier League – Liverpool v Everton
Liverpool have shaded the honours in the last 10 Merseyside derbies, winning six and only losing one, and Everton haven’t managed a victory at Anfield since the dawn of the new Millenium so there’s a good case for thinking it will be the red half of the city that will be celebrating after Tuesday’s clash between the near neighbours, despite Everton’s recent revival and Liverpool’s travails in front of goal.
There’s little doubt that Liverpool should have beaten Arsenal in their last home game but after missing a first-half penalty and taking the lead Luis Suarez, of all people, squandered a golden opportunity to build on their advantage and the Gunners came back strongly to snatch the spoils. That was Liverpool’s first defeat of the season at Anfield and Kenny Dalglish won’t want a second to follow on so quickly, especially against their great rivals from across Stanley Park. The Merseyside derby probably doesn’t carry the same prestige as it once did, nor does it generate the same vitriol as a Glasgow or Manchester derby, but local bragging rights are still important and Liverpool’s players have been talking up their chances of making the top four again this week. Both sides are still also in the FA Cup and face quarter-final ties next week so it will be interesting if a few key players are rested, though how that would go down with the supporters is anybody’s guess.
Everton may feel they have a point to prove having lost the reverse fixture at Goodison when Jack Rodwell was sent off in the first half by referee Martin Atkinson for an innocuous-looking challenge on Suarez. Liverpool went on to score late goals through the Uruguayan and Andy Carroll but neither have been prolific since and Everton’s defence will be confident of keeping the pair in check if they are at full strength.
In their current form, the Toffees may well be capable of denying Liverpool in front of the Kop and the draw can be backed at 13/5. A tight game is expected so a 1-1 correct score could also be worth a bet at 6/1 though we’ll refund all losing first/last goalscorer, scorecast and correct score singles if the floodgates open and there are four or more goals in the game.