Liverpool v Everton Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 02/12/18

Merseyside Derby Liverpool v Everton Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Liverpool v Everton and provides us with his best bets for Sundays Merseyside Derby by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Liverpool v Everton Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 02/12/2018
  • Time: 16:15
  • Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event

One of the most anticipated fixtures in the Premier League calendar returns on Sunday evening, as Everton make the very short journey to their city rivals Liverpool for their first encounter of the 2018/19 season. A tale of one city, two clubs, and the fiery rivalry between the red and blue.

This season, this huge footballing spectacle will be no different, and, in fact, could be all the more significant given the positions and performances of both teams so far this campaign. Hosts Liverpool enter the game in 2nd place in the Premier League, while the blue half of the Mersey, Everton, have proven to be no slouches themselves thus far under new manager Marco Silva, sitting in 6th place after the 13 games played.

Liverpool have found themselves touted as the only challengers to Manchester City for the Premier League this season, and so far, Jurgen Klopp and his squad are proving these suggestions to be correct. They are yet to lose in the league this season, picking up 33 points out of a possible 39. They have only failed to secure all 3 points on 3 occasions this season, those coming in draws against Chelsea (1-1), Man City (0-0) and Arsenal (1-1). Besides these draws, they have not faltered in their attempts to keep pace at the top, and came back to Liverpool convincing winner’s last time out against a tricky Watford side, winning 3-0 at Vicarage Road. It has been defensively that Liverpool have improved massively this season. Virgil Van Dijk seems to have now fully settled in at Liverpool and has been the master and commander from the back for them. He has been joined by Brazilian keeper Alisson, who has lived up to his hefty summer transfer fee, despite a few moments that have caused concern when the ball has been at his feet. These two, along with the continued improvement in Trent Alexander-Arnold and the re-emergence of Andy Roberston have meant Liverpool have only seen the ball in their net 5 times this season, a record that is only equalled by table toppers Manchester City.

As for Everton, the promise that they have begun the season with is a vast contrast to the last campaign. Under new manager Marco Silva, they find themselves sitting in 6th place heading into the showdown at Anfield. The arrival of Richarlison in the summer was a huge statement of intent, adding him to a squad that already boasted England’s number 1 in Jordan Pickford and Icelandic midfield playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson. Combine them with the duo of Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne and Everton have a much stronger stability and better squad depth. The only missing piece for Everton at the moment is a goal scoring striker. The goals that both Sigurdsson and Richarlison have got for them so far shows that neither have anybody significant further in front of them to aim for, and given the creative abilities that both players have, out and out centre forward with an eye for goal could be the final piece in their puzzle.

Team News

Liverpool will be without midfield anchor Jordan Henderson for Sunday’s game due to suspension, however reports suggest Adam Lallana is back in contention after returning to training. Having been rested for the mid-cheek European clash in Paris, Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to come back into the starting line-up.

Everton have no fresh issues to report ahead of their trip to Anfield, with the only absentee being James McCarthy who is missing with a knee injury.

Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firminio

Potential Everton Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Digne, Keane, Zouma, Gomes, Gueye, Bernard, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison

Head To Head

  • Liverpool are unbeaten against Everton in their last 17 games in all competitions.
  • Everton have failed to win at Anfield since 1999.
  • Everton last beat Liverpool in October 2010.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 10 out of their last 11 league games at Anfield.
  • Liverpool have scored in 8 out of their last 10 meetings with Everton, Everton have only scored in 5 out of the last 10.
  • The last league meeting between in the two In April 2018 saw the game end in a 0-0 stalemate.
  • The first ever fixture was back in October 1894, which Everton won 3-0.

Betting Odds

  • Liverpool 2/5
  • Draw 18/5
  • Everton 13/2

The Verdict

Having suffered defeat in Paris during mid-week, Liverpool will be looking to get back on track quickly and continue their fantastic start to this season. Despite their better form early on in this campaign, Everton will face a tough task to avoid defeat at Anfield, and the odds suggest the same. I would expect Liverpool to score at least once and come away with the win. Given it’s a derby game, my focus also turns to the cards, where I fancy each team to pick up 20 booking points each as well.

Recommended Bets

  • Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals 1/1 (bet365)
  • 20+ booking points each team 5/4 (SkyBet)
  • Gueye to be carded 11/8 (SkyBet)
  • Digne to be carded 5/2(SkyBet)