The 278th Merseyside Derby will take place on Saturday lunchtime.
Let’s take a look at the pertinent stats:
Liverpool have not lost to Everton in their last 18 home matches in all competitions, and The Mighty Reds are also undefeated in 21 of the previous 22 Premier League matches at Anfield.
The stats suggest there could be goals in the game as Liverpool have scored at least 2 in 9 of their last 11 home league matches, while Everton have also netted at least twice in their last 4 outings, with the final score in the last 3 games being over 2.5 goals each time.
In 2017 Everton are top of the Premier League form table, with The Toffee’s being undefeated in 11 of their last 12 games.
Although, putting stats aside, Everton’s performances have not been electrifying, especially against the Top 6 sides, the 3-2 defeat at Tottenham was a flattering scoreline for Ronald Koeman’s men, with the 2 consolation goals coming late on. In fact, Everton have scored the most goals from the 80th minute onwards out of all the clubs in Europe’s 5 major league’s. This stat can be misleading too because the goals have often come against already defeated opposition, and have rarely been vital winning goals.
From a tactical point of view, we know one thing for sure, Jurgen Klopp will set up his Liverpool team to press and attack which could leave space for the League’s top scorer Lukaku (21 goals) to exploit. Ronald Koeman’s approach when away at Top 6 opposition has been to sit back and counter-attack. If the Dutchman decides to take Liverpool on at their own fast paced, exciting game, then we could be in for a real thriller, but a cautious approach from Everton is more likely. We just won’t know until the game kicks off.
After the wear and tear of the International break where injuries have effected both sides, but more so Everton, it’s hard to say if there will be goals aplenty, and we could be in for a cagey encounter and possibly a draw.
Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999, and you just feel it has to happen at some point, but that’s just intuition rather than analysis.
All the value in this fixture is on the blue half of Merseyside getting a result – a medium sized stake on Everton to Win or Draw (Double Chance) is 5/4 or 2.25 at 888 sport.
Everton to WIN/DRAW, Best Oddst 2.25 at 888Sport
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