liverpool will be hosting Everton at Anfield this Sunday in one of the oldest local derbies in English football, that could be influential in the dealings of this season. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our Premier League odds series, which includes our Liverpool-Everton prediction and pick we have laid out below.
Liverpool is locked in a fierce battle with Manchester City for the title. They have done a great job coming back from around ten points down, but unless they remain perfect and Manchester City slips up, the Reds will be finishing second. Everton has been locked in a battle of their own, albeit one in the bottom half of the table. Despite some great players in their ranks, Everton are close to relegation spots and will need all the points they can get to survive.
Courtesy of FanDuel, here are the Liverpool-Everton Premier League odds:
Premier League Odds: Liverpool-Everton Odds
Over: 2.5 (-240)
Under: 2.5 (-190)
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Why Liverpool Could Win This Match
The Reds, as explained above, are fighting fiercely for their second Premier League title in the last three years. They are the ones that brought about the drama of this season, despite being around 10 points down for a large part of the year. Their impeccable run without defeat since falling 1-0 to Leicester in December of last year has kept their heads above water and lit a fire of hope that Liverpool can win the title this season. It has been fueled largely by their attacking talent, but do not get things wrong – this Liverpool squad is strong on all fronts.
Of course, they are brimming with confidence after disposing of bitter rivals Manchester United a few days ago. Two from Mohamed Salah and one from Sadio Mane and new signing Luis Diaz were the difference between the fierce competitors. Liverpool enters their third derby in a row, after a 2-2 draw versus title rivals City and the aforementioned 4-0 rout of the Red Devils. This one should be a lot simpler, due to the poor position of the Toffees entering this game.
Jurgen Klopp, the famed manager of Liverpool, has most of his squad available and despite the midweek match scheduled on Wednesday versus Villarreal, he should be fielding the best eleven Liverpool has. Thus, it should be a routine match for the Reds, despite the fact that these derbies can produce some unusual results.
Why Everton Could Win This Match
There is a simple reason why Everton still have a fighting chance against Liverpool, despite the huge difference in quality. That is the fact that, right now, they are fighting hard for their Premier League life. Everton is not a massive club, but they have not been relegated since 1930. Interestingly enough, while they were relegated in that year, Everton instantly came back to the Premier League, then named first division, and won it right away.
Despite that historical fact being true, Everton’s board, players, and ultimately fans do not want to risk being relegated. They are currently one point and a game in hand over Burnley, but with a loss here, they would only have to slip up once to get in the relegation zone. Thus, Everton needs everything they can get to get a positive result in this game. Even though they are in a very poor run of form, the Toffees were able to get some good results, including a win over Manchester United and a 1-1 draw with mid-table team Leicester City.
It is without a doubt that Everton has the talent, but it has been the performances that worry most fans. It is a huge discrepancy in quality and form, but Everton should have the motivation and the desire to win this game or at least get a draw. Not only would they stay up, upset a rival, and avenge a 4-1 loss at the Goodison Park earlier in the season, they would effectively stop any hope Liverpool fans have of hoisting the Premier League trophy. If that is not motivation, it is tough to say what is.
Final Liverpool-Everton Prediction & Pick
While everything said about Everton is true, Liverpool is incredibly strong right now. If Salah was the only one in form, that would be one thing, but their entire frontline is playing great football at the moment. It is a derby, so by its nature that it is hard to make a prediction, but Liverpool should be taking this one. Our final Liverpool-Everton prediction is a Liverpool win and the continuation of their challenge for the EPL title.
Final Liverpool-Everton Pick: Liverpool (-600)