How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Liverpool 19/20, Draw 13/5, Everton 16/5 - Bet365
- First Goalscorer: Divock Origi (LIV) 11/2, Roberto Firmino (LIV) 11/2, Romelu Lukaku (EVE) 6/1 - Paddy Power
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 13/2, Liverpool 2-1 8/1, Liverpool 1-0 8/1 - BetVictor
- Everton are struggling to formulate a successful run following a real mixed bag of results over the last three months. Since bowing out of the EFL Cup to Norwich in September, Ronald Koeman’s side have picked up just two wins from 11 games, form that has seen them slide down the table. However, the Toffees do look to be a formidable presence on home soil and are unbeaten at Goodison in the league since March, a run that included a rare win over Arsenal in midweek.
- Liverpool looked to be an unstoppable force until their trip to the Vitality Stadium. The Reds came unstuck against a Bournemouth side who showed great spirit to come from 3-1 down to win 4-3, a result that stunned Premier League audiences around the world. Another disappointing performance followed against West Ham, as Liverpool dropped more points against a team from the lower half of the division. However, the sparkle seemed to return to Jurgen Klopp’s side in midweek as they swept Middlesbrough aside, eventually cruising to a 3-0 win at the Riverside.
Recent Merseyside derbies have been tight affairs, with six of the last eight meetings ending in draws, with four of those games taking place at Goodison Park. A similar result could be worth a bet in this fixture, especially given the host’s excellent home record. BetVictor are offering odds of 11/4 on this game finishing all square, while a score draw also looks good value at 15/4.
Meetings between these two old foes tend to produce their fair share of cards, with 22 dismissals in the Premier League era to date. Ramiro Funes Mori was the most recent player to be given his marching orders following a stamp on the ankle of Divock Origi in last season’s game at Anfield. Bet365 are offering odds of 4/5 on there being over 5.5 cards in the game, while odds of 5/4 on Ashley Williams picking up a card look generous, as does 11/10 for Jordan Henderson, both with BetVictor.
While Everton may rely on the goals of Romelu Lukaku (6/1 to score first with Betfred), Liverpool have the luxury of being able to call on a wide range of goalscoring talent. Adam Lallana was the Reds’ hero in midweek, netting a brace, and is well priced to continue his fine form this Monday. The former Southampton man is 9/1 with Paddy Power to score first, while a goal anytime is available at 11/4. Sadio Mane could also be a player to keep an eye on, particularly given his pace as he faces an inexperienced Everton back line who will miss the suspended Phil Jagielka. The Senegalese winger is 13/5 to score any time in an away win.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Draw and both teams to score - 15/4 with BetVictor
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.