Liverpool drew Everton in the big game of the third round of the FA Cup. The Red’s host their city rivals in a highly anticipated clash that could go either way.
Jurgen Klopp and his side are marching towards their first title in three decades, while Everton are on the up since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins. In derbies and cup games, league form can go out of the window; can Liverpool remain unbeaten at Anfield for more than a calendar year?
Find out our big match predictions here.
Liverpool vs Everton – FA Cup Third Round
Where to Watch
Kick Off Time: 16:01 GMT
Referee: Jonathan Moss
TV Channel / Live Stream: The Merseyside derby will be shown live to viewers in the UK on BBC 1. You can watch on all BBC channels including the app, so you never have to miss a moment. There is also the option to watch this game live on bet365 with their ‘bet and watch’ feature. Find out how here.
Liverpool vs Everton – The Form Guide
366 days have been and gone since Liverpool last tasted defeat at Anfield. And the stats in that period make for very interesting reading. Liverpool have played 37 league games without defeat, won 101 league points and have won 26 of their last 27 league games. Furthermore, Klopp has led Liverpool to the final of every European campaign he has been in charge of since 2015. This side are legends in the making.
There seems to be no stopping Liverpool who are strong all over the pitch. They have also overpowered their neighbours lately and haven’t lost a Merseyside derby since 2010. The only stat that Everton fans will want to see is that in 10 FA Cup appearances, Klopp has won only three. In saying that, one of those wins was over Everton.
The Toffees are looking brighter following the sacking of Marco Silva. There was a feeling of doom around the club when they fell to just above the drop zone in the league. However, spirits were lifted and Everton managed to go a four-game unbeaten streak in December. Those points have pushed them up to 11th in the table and a solid top table finish is now expected.
Because Everton's aim is to finish in the top of the table, a good run in the cup could define their season. If Ancelotti manages to get a victory here, it would be considered a successful season. Brazilian Richarlison and forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin are playing well under their new manager and will be the biggest threats to Liverpool.
Liverpool Team News
New signing Takumi Minamino is an exciting addition to Klopp’s team and is expected to start.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was expected to be rested against Sheffield United but Klopp might rest him here instead. Utility man James Milner normally takes his place.
Forward Sadio Mane may also be rested following a very busy December period.
Naby Keita picked up an injury against Sheffield United and has therefore ruled himself out.
Meanwhile, defenders Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, midfielders Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and forward Rhian Brewster are also ruled out.
Klopp has only 12 fit senior outfield players at his disposal due to injury. This means we may see some youth players stepping in, but it is unclear if they will make the starting XI.
Liverpool Predicted line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Henderson, Origi, Salah, Firmino
Everton Team News
In a similar vein, Ancelotti has to deal with several injury concerns. Alex Iwobi, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and Andre Gomes are all ruled out through injury.
Duarte and Fabian Delph will undergo late fitness tests ahead of this one with both currently judged 50/50 to make it.
Morgan Schneiderlin is deemed a bigger doubt and is not expected to feature.
We expect the Toffees to field a strong side, with a few changes as possible from the Newcastle defeat.
Everton Predicted line-up: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Holgate; Sidibe, Sigurdsson, Delph, Digne; Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool vs Everton Latest Odds
This is a tricky one to call as we’re not sure what type of team Klopp will field. He has hinted that he may start with youth players; comparing this tie to the one earlier in the campaign when his under 23 side took to the field. As this is a derby though, Klopp knows how much this means to fans and the FA Cup is more glamorous than the league cup.
Everton will be going all out to win and could look like an attractive betting prospect at 29/10 (3.9) to win. Liverpool at are decent 4/5 (1.8) to win with 10bet. If this was a league match that price would be considered high, but as it will come down to the team fielded, it’s hard to back.
For a draw to be played out you’ll get 14/5 (3.8) with 10bet.
Liverpool vs Everton Score Prediction
Again, this comes downs to Klopp’s team selection. With injuries plaguing his midfield, he may be forced to play some players he’d prefer to rest. Regardless of who he fields though, we know that Everton will make it hard for them, and will cause them problems at the back. In saying that, the Reds have kept five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since 2007. Alisson has been in fine form and will be difficult to beat.
Because of their never say die attitude and their unbelievable home form, we are going to go Liverpool’s way for our correct score prediction. A 2-1 home win at 17/2 (9.5) with 10bet is our pick here.
Liverpool vs Everton Betting Tip
When looking for the value in this game we’re looking at Liverpool to win despite possible changes. Klopp will field a team that he believes can win, and his fringe players will be expected to deliver. Unlike the cup tie with Aston Villa, Klopp does have senior players he can put in the starting XI to mix with his youngsters. We can’t see him relying too heavily on the youth squad and more on the players who tend to be on his bench.
The previous match between these two was explosive, ending 5-2 to the Reds. We can’t see this many goals happening again, but we can see the Reds clean sheet record coming to an end. With this in mind, we'll back Liverpool with both teams scoring.
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