Liverpool could be crowned Premier League Champions for the first time in 30 years if they win the Merseyside Derby. It’s a real blockbuster game that welcome’s back the first weekend of football in England for three months.
Of course, if Manchester City beat Arsenal on Wednesday this won’t be the case, but for now, Reds fans dream.
Beating Everton will be easier said than done, however, as the blue side of the city have improved under Carlos Ancelotti. So, how will this match go?
Everton vs Liverpool – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick-Off Time: 19.00 BST
Referee in charge: Mike Dean
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be live on Sky Sports but will be free-to-air for all. It will be available to watch on Now TV and Pick.
Everton vs Liverpool – The Form Guide
Everton have had a tough season. Fans will be glad to see their side are not locked in a relegation battle as they once threatened to do so. The Toffees are in 12th place on 37 points and only four behind Spurs in eight. So, things are looking up.
In saying that, they are winless in their last three league games and were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea before the break. However, that match was the first time in 11 games that Everton had failed to score.
Liverpool are champions-elect waiting to be crowned. They are 25 points ahead of Manchester City at the time of writing and are looking to complete a record-breaking season. They have won 27 out of 29 league games this season and thoroughly deserve the title.
However, there were signs of a drop-in form before the break. The Reds were unceremoniously dumped out of Europe by Atletico Madrid and remarkably lost four of their last six games in all competitions.
What is the Team News?
Jurgen Klopp will welcome back Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson to the team. Both are expected to be in the starting XI after recovering from injuries.
Naby Keita is expected to be given a chance to impress in the game, so he may also be named on the team sheet.
With five substitutes allowed Klopp may bench a couple of youngsters in the match if things are going his way.
Everton will need to make do without England pair Theo Walcott and Fabian Delph. The former underwent minor surgery while Delph has been forced to miss training. Yerra Mina will miss out having picked up an injury to his thigh.
It is not clear if Andre Gomes will be fit in time but if he is, he should start.
Everton line-up: Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Everton vs Liverpool Latest Odds*
Unibet have gone 19/4 (5.75) for a home win, which under normal circumstances could look attractive. However, with Liverpool enjoying their best season in 3 decades their odds of a short 8/13 (1.62) look more appealing. On top of that, Liverpool haven’t tasted defeat at the hands of their city rivals since 2011 – 22 games ago.
The draw is priced at 33/10 (4.3) with Unibet. Although there have been two in their last five meetings, it seems unlikely.
Everton vs Liverpool Score Prediction
Everton have conceded a whopping 46 goals in 29 games, 25 more than Liverpool. They have kept only six clean sheets this season, half of Liverpool’s 12.
Going forward, however, the Toffees have been finding the net more often than not recently. Richarlison has netted 12 times in all competitions, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin has bagged 15.
Liverpool have an excellent attacking line-up and put five by Everton in the reverse fixture. Furthermore, they have conceded only nine goals on the road.
This match looks set to be a cracker, and goals will be expected.
A 3-1 win to Liverpool at 10/1 with Unibet is our fancy here.
Everton vs Liverpool Tip
If the title is Klopp’s to win on the night, you can’t see nerves getting in the way. At 8/13 (1.62) they are too short to tip, but it certainly looks like good value.
In saying that, if nerves were to play a part, it would likely start to creep in during the second half.
The Reds have let in seven of their nine league goals in the second half of matches. Furthermore, 60% of goals at Goodison have come after the break. With that in mind, we’re back goals then.
*odds correct at time of writing
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can Liverpool win the league against Everton?
A: Yes, if they win and Manchester City lose to Arsenal.
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Q: Is Everton vs Liverpool free to watch?
A: Yes! Sky are showing the game on Pick and Now TV to all. You can watch without a Sky subscription.