Everton vs Liverpool betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s Merseyside derby live on TV kicking off at 5.30pm.
Liverpool, buoyed by the return of star striker Daniel Sturridge, travel the short distance across Merseyside to face an out of sorts Everton side with just one win in their last nine games. With the form of both teams in stark contrast, surely Liverpool will take all three points away from Goodison Park. Or will they?
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Brendan Rodgers has managed to restore life into a limp Liverpool side who have clearly missed the influence of former toothy talisman Luis Suarez. With five wins from their last six Premier League games, optimism has been the overriding feeling from the Anfield faithful of late. They travel to Everton at the best possible time, with the hosts managing four defeats, two draws and just one win in their previous seven Premier League games. After last season’s successes, Martinez may not yet be in line for the chop, but a defeat to arch rivals Liverpool would surely heap more pressure on him.
Against Man City, Everton looked to have turned the corner. They defended stoutly and were organised, limiting The Citizens to just two shots on target all game and coming away with a full deserved 1-1 draw. Since this game they have exited the FA Cup to West Ham on penalties and drawn to West Brom away. Their first win in seven came last weekend against Crystal Palace in an even game. three wins from 11 home games is a paltry return from a team who had 8 wins from 11 home games at the same stage last season. What has gone wrong for Everton? Europa League hangovers? Second season syndrome for Martinez? All I know is, a win over their Merseyside neighbours would be the tonic they desperately need to kick start their season. They managed a 1-1 draw at Anfield but do they have enough to go one better and nick all three points at Goodison?
Liverpool are in great form and their main man Daniel Sturridge came back with a bang, scoring within 12 minutes of his much anticipated return. Liverpool’s season started poorly, four wins from their opening 12 games and the crowd were starting to call for Rodgers’ head. How their mood has changed now. Seven wins from 11 has propelled them into seventh place, just four points behind the Champions League spots. Confidence is high and having Sturridge back is only going to push them higher up the table.
Despite their current contrast in form, Merseyside derbies are notoriously hard to predict. Passion and anger inevitably go hand in hand in this heated clash. Four draws in the previous five Merseyside derbies proves that the game is more often than not, contested very closely. Taking into account Everton’s draw with Man City at home, it seems a very difficult task in completely writing off Everton’s chances in this match when looking for a prediction on Everton v Liverpool, despite the obvious difference in form. Everton have the ability to raise their game far beyond the standards they’ve set for themselves this season.
In their FA Cup replay on Wednesday, Bolton ran Liverpool close but after Daniel Sturridge’s introduction, they managed to raise their game and claw back two goals in four minutes to advance through to the fifth Round. This was by no means a classic Liverpool performance, but one of grit and determination. However, the midweek tie will have taken a lot out of some of their key players. Gerrard, Coutinho and Sterling all played 90 minutes. With all taken into account, I think that Everton’s need for a result, coupled with Liverpool’s midweek exertions means for a close run game.
Therefore, my first Everton v Liverpool betting tip is that the game will finish as a draw. The best odds can be found with Bet365 at 12/5.
Sturridge’s 15-minute cameo against West Ham produced a goal on his return from injury and I can see him bagging at least one in the Merseyside derby. He came on against Bolton to gain another 20 minutes of match fitness, and although he may not yet be back to his best, I can see him being clinical against Everton.
Our Everton v Liverpool goalscorer betting tip is for Daniel Sturridge to score anytime. Odds of 17/10 can be found with Ladbrokes.
Three out of the past five Merseyside derbies have produced more than 3.5 goals. With the return of Sturridge and Liverpool’s recent form, I think they will score goals, but Everton’s extra fitness will also prove a key feature in the match. Everton need a result and on home turf I do not think they will hold back against their bitter rivals. I am predicting an end-to-end match with a hatful of goals.
My third and final football betting tip is for more than 3.5 goals to be scored. The best odds can be found with Bet Victor at 23/10.
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