Everton were expected to challenge for European places this season, but their season has turned out be an underwhelming one.
Things can get worse for them when they lost rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Under Sam Allardyce, Everton have steered away from the relegation, but a mid-table finish won’t be enough to save his job. Currently, the Toffees sit in the ninth position with 40 points.
Despite their recent struggles, Everton have been difficult to beat at home. They had won their last three home games before their 3-1 loss to leaders Manchester City last weekend.
Liverpool come into this game on the back of a spectacular 3-0 win over City in Champions League. Selection-wise, it will be a tricky game for Jurgen Klopp as he will like to his players fresh for the return leg on Tuesday. In their last game in the league, the Reds claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Liverpool are third in the table with 66 points, but they have played a game more than all teams around them. They have more or less confirmed a top-four finish, but they would still like to overhaul United in the league table.
Earlier this season, both sides played a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at Anfield. However, the Reds prevailed 2-1 in the FA Cup tie in January.
Everton vs Liverpool – Match Facts
The Reds are undefeated in their last 16 meetings with Everton in all competitions.
Liverpool have lost only two of their last 23 games in Premier League.
This fixture has witnessed 21 red cards – most in Premier League.
Everton vs Liverpool – Team News
Mason Holgate, Eliaquim Mangala, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Maarten Stekelenburg and James McCarthy are all sidelined for the hosts.
Liverpool are without the services of Adam Lallana, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez. Emre Can and Mohamed Salah are also doubts.
Everton vs Liverpool – Match Odds
Liverpool are favourites to win at their best odds of 20/21 at Betfred. However, we believe that Klopp will field a weak line-up, and Everton can get a draw from this fixture. We are backing a draw as our prediction at 11/4 odds at BetVictor.
An Everton win is priced at 10/3 odds at the same bookmaker.
Everton vs Liverpool – Correct Score Odds
A 1-1 draw is the most likely outcome in the correct score market at 13/2 odds at BetVictor. However, we are going for a 2-2 draw as our prediction, and you can back our choice at 14/1 odds at BetVictor.
Everton vs Liverpool – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
We don’t think Salah will start following his groin problem on Wednesday. In his absence, Roberto Firmino is a good option at 9/5 odds at Paddypower. We are backing Sadio Mane as our prediction, and you can back him at 23/10 odds at the same bookmaker.
For the hosts, Cenk Tosun is available at 12/5 odds at Bet365.
Everton vs Liverpool – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect to see an open game and at least three goals in the game. Our prediction is priced at the best odds of 20/23 at BetVictor.