Liverpool v Everton Betting Tips & Predictions - Wednesday 4th December 2019

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The pressure is firmly on Liverpool ahead of this Merseyside derby with the Reds still battling it out with Manchester City for the Premier League title. It’s a race that both Jurgen Klopp (and opposite number Pep Guardiola) expects to go right down to the final week so every game is a massive one for his men right now. So far they’ve largely been keeping their nerve but could this be the game where the stress finally gets to them?

Everton haven’t beaten their rivals for over eight years so you can imagine how much they’d savour an end to this run on Sunday. Not only would three points put a major dent in their rivals’ title dreams but it would revive their own hopes of claiming a spot in next season’s Europa League. After a 3-0 win last time out they aren’t far behind Wolves and Watford so there is plenty still to play for.

Top Tips

Liverpool to Win @ 4/7

Liverpool to Win to Nil @ 7/4

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Everton News: Recovering Baines the only injury concern

Everton's Goodison Park Before Match
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Marco Silva had just the one player injured for last weekend’s trip to Cardiff, Leighton Baines. The second choice left-back took a blow to his ribs during the 3-1 defeat to Wolves in early February but is now on the brink of a return. His manager confirmed last week that he was back training among the squad so there’s a real expectation he’ll be available for selection. Should the 34-year-old be declared fit, Marco Silva will have the rare treat of having no injuries among his squad and at this stage of the season that could help them to a strong finish to a lacklustre (so far) campaign.

Zouma back from suspension

A late second yellow picked up against Watford forced Kurt Zouma to miss Tuesday’s test with Cardiff. It was only the second time ever that he’s ever seen red and the first time in English football. Phil Jagielka replaced the Frenchman against Cardiff, a man who was among the starting line-up last time Everton beat Liverpool. There seems little chance of the 36-year-old retaining his place here however with both Yerry Mina and Zouma higher in the pecking order. That said, Jagielka’s experience of these big games and knowledge of what the fixture means may see him given the nod after a clean sheet against Cardiff.

Toffees Out for Revenge

Back in December Everton were seconds away from earning a valuable and totally deserved point at Anfield. Unfortunately for the Blues, in the dying seconds Jordan Pickford misjudged a mishit shot and gifted the home side the winner. Pickford and the Toffees will be desperate to make amends for that and given the performance at Anfield was one of their best of the campaign, they will feel they have a real chance of giving their fans something to cheer on home soil.

Liverpool News: Firmino ‘big chance’ of being ready

Liverpool's Anfield Stadium

Divock Origi, who scored that late winner at Anfield, did a fine job leading the line for Liverpool in midweek as he deputised for the injured Roberto Firmino. Although the Belgian striker can be pleased with his efforts, Klopp will be hoping his first choice number nine will be fit for this weekend.

He’s confident of this being the case too saying that the 27-year-old has a “big chance” of making his return. It’s a comeback that comes far sooner than initially expected as it was only last weekend when Firmino left Old Trafford on crutches.

Wijnaldum expecting a tough game

He may have no personal connection to the city but Georginio Wijnaldum is one player who embraces the passion of the Merseyside derby. In a recent interview, the midfielder said he’s fully anticipating a hostile atmosphere at Goodison Park but hopes that this will help give his side some extra motivation. While looking forward to the fight ahead, the Dutch international did admit that he’s predicting a ‘difficult match’ given how pumped up Everton will be.

Pressure Mounting

We are very much approaching squeaky bum time in terms of the title run-in and Liverpool will most probably be playing catch-up here. Man City, currently a point behind, play Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon and so most people will be expecting the Mancunians to be top when this one kicks off. Liverpool have slipped up a number of times in recent weeks but showed in midweek, by hammering Watford, that they are very much up for the fight. How will they react to seeing City two points above them?

Analysis: Cardiff win a turning point for Everton?

Having fallen to such a cruel defeat the last time they faced their rivals, Everton will be determined to dish up some revenge here. Silva’s hopes of frustrating their rivals have been boosted, in his opinion, by his side’s 3-0 victory at Cardiff. The Portuguese manager sees the win in Wales as a potential turning point in his season and one that gives his men the confidence they were previous lacking.

Liverpool to keep their nerve

Liverpool approached their test against a strong Watford side having won just one of their previous five matches. On paper it was a potentially sticky test but the Reds couldn’t have made any lighter work of it.

Klopp’s men dismantled the Hornets with the flair and confidence we saw so often earlier on in the campaign. It cannot be stressed how much they needed such a showing after several rather nervy and disjointed displays.

Having been handed such a timely boost ahead of this match, a reinvigorated Reds can continue their dominance of this derby. The visitors won’t provide you with huge returns but 4/7 remains a fair price for them to secure a valuable three points against opponents who so often seem to not quite show up in these inter-city showdowns.

Reds continue to be rock solid

Quite incredibly, Liverpool have kept more clean sheets than they have conceded goals in the Premier League. Despite being hit by a string of injuries at the back this campaign, Klopp has always found a way of keeping his men rock solid. Their defensive record away from home is the best in the division and it’s this which makes a win to nil (7/4) so appealing.

Everton do come into this game fresh from a 3-0 win over Cardiff but the Bluebirds have been all over the place defensively of late. Against a more robust rearguard, the Toffees’ absence of a reliable goalscorer could render them rather toothless here. They didn’t score the last time they played Liverpool and we fancy more of the same on Sunday.

Everton won’t be downed without a fight

Liverpool have to be backed for the win here but this clash won’t be an easy one for them. Everton, despite going so long without a win in this derby, have often given their rivals a tricky ride. A one-goal margin has settled three of the last four Merseyside with the other ending as a goalless draw.

The Toffees will have taken plenty of confidence from their midweek win against Cardiff and the clean sheet that they kept, although it was still a fair way from a faultless performance. Their weakness defending set pieces is still a concern and it could be a corner or free-kick that allows Liverpool to secure a narrow 1-0 victory (7/1) at Goodison Park.

Recent Matches

Liverpool are the undisputed kings of Merseyside having enjoyed an extended period of domination over their luckless rivals. The Reds haven’t tasted defeat against their local foes for 18 games running, a run that stretches all the way back to 2011.

2nd December 2018: Liverpool 1 – 0 Everton

Everton looked set for a fully deserved point at Anfield but their efforts were undone after a truly bizarre moment in the 96th minute. Virgil Van Dijk’s mishit effort ballooned up into the air and headed towards the crossbar where Jordan Pickford appeared to be waiting. The Everton keeper attempted to collect the ball but instead clutched only air as the sliced shot hit the crossbar again before falling in front of goal. With Pickford well out position, Divock Origi headed into an empty net to score one of the most ridiculous goals in Premier League history and for Everton fans, one of the most painful.

7th April 2018: Everton 0 – 0 Liverpool

This fixture fell at a poor time for Liverpool, sandwiched between their two-legged Champions League semi-final with Manchester City. With bigger priorities to worry about, Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the starting XI and it showed during a display short on quality. Without the likes of Mohamed Salah, Liverpool struggled to do anything with the lion’s share of possession they had. Everton rallied late on but they could not turn their dominance in the final 15 minutes into a goal.

5th January 2018: Liverpool 2 – 1 Everton

Jurgen Klopp admitted that the penalty his side scored to give them the lead in this FA Cup bout shouldn’t have been given. Adam Lallana went down softly following contact from Mason Holgate and James Milner made no mistake from 12 yards. Everton refused to let their heads drop during a heated derby and levelled through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cool finish following a swift counter. They were denied a Goodison Park replay late on as debutant Virgil van Dijk capitalised on an error from Jordan Pickford to head home.

10th December 2017: Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton

Liverpool failed to convert their dominance into three points during this Merseyside derby. Mohamed Salah had given the Reds a lead just before half-time but Sadio Mane spurned a fine opportunity to extend their advantage. With the scoreline still at 1-0, referee Craig Pawson controversially pointed to the penalty spot after Dejan Lovren pushed Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Jurgen Klopp fumed at the decision, although most pundits agreed it was a penalty, and the German’s ire did not prevent Wayne Rooney from dispatching his spot kick.

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