Liverpool’s charge to the title resumes with a massive Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park their first obstacle since the Premier League returned. The Blues may well have been dreading this fixture as it looked at one stage like there City rivals could win the title at their home but due to Man City’s win over Arsenal earlier in the week that is no longer a possibility.
Once again it has been an up and down season for the Blue side of Merseyside, There were hopes that Marco Silva could get the best out of this talented squad of players and at times early on the showed glimpses of what they were capable of but all to often this was followed up by poor performances and that inconsistent form cost Silva his job and Everton showed there intent bu appointing Carlo Ancelotti just 24 Hours after he had left Napoli. Given time surely if anyone can finally get Everton challenging again it will be the serial winner Ancelotti.
Everton are one of the few teams in The Premier League who have not benefited from the break in regards to getting injured players back fit, in-fact they have more injury problems than they did when the season was halted. Carlo Ancelotti will definately be without Theo Walcott who has undergone Abdominal Surgery and Morgan Schneiderlin following knee surgery. Last seasons star signing Jean-Phillipe GBamin returned from a long term injury during the layoff but was injured in training and faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines. More encouraging news for Everton fans is despite picking up knocks in training both Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes have a chance of starting the Derby
There is not a lot in Everton’s favour when looking at options to tip them having not won a derby in over 10 years and Liverpool on the cusp of a 1st Premier League title plus the mounting injuries that they have to contend with but they have managed to stifle the much talked about front 3 of Liverpool in the last 2 derbies at Goodison Park and with a little bit of luck on there side could have easily won both of those games that ended 0-0. Add in that Liverpool were not in the best of form before the lay off and you have to look at giving Everton a squeak here. Maybe not for big stakes but the 40/1 with 888Sport (New Customers) is definately worth a fiver. The one man who has stood up for Everton and undoubtably been the player of the season is Domonic Calvert-Lewin, he is really maturing into a top Premier League Player now and with 10 goals already he can add to that total anytime at odds of 2/1 with William Hill
Everton have had a rough ride since the start of the year, it started so well under Carlo Ancelotti having taken over from Marco Silva but the Italian is finding out just how tough a job it is with the Blues winning just 3 of the last 10 games in The Premier League. The Last 6 League Games have seen The Toffees pick up 8 points from a possible 18 with 2 Wins, Watford (3-2), Crystal Palace (3-1) 2 Draws , Man Utd (1-1), Newcastle (2-2) and defeats to Chelsea (0-4) and Arsenal (2-3
Liverpool may not be blowing teams away this season when you look back to how they were last year but they are super efficient, evident by the fact they have won an astonishing 27 of 29 League Game so far, with just a 0-0 draw with Man Utd and 3-0 defeat at Watford blotting there copybook. The Premier League is a formality for Jurgen Klopp’s men and it is just a case of when they are crowned and the main target when football resumes may well be to beat the points tally set by Man City last season which The Reds look on course to do. They need a further 19 Points from the remaining 9 games to make history.
Mo Salah missed the 6-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over Blackburn Rovers, which has raised doubts over whether he will start. Sadio Mané and Bobby Firmino could be joined by Divock Origi in attack if Salah is not deemed fit enough. The Belgian has scored in 2 of the last 3 Merseyside Derbies including that bizarre last minute winner last season that no doubt Jordan Pickford still has nightmares over. There is no Nathaniel Clyne for Liverpool and Xherdan Shaqiri is rated as extremely doubtful. Adam Lallana was unwell during the week but is expected to make the match day squad
Despite having dominated The Premier League this season the reds were actually in poor form before the covid-19 lay off. They had lost there grip on the Champions League having been beaten home and away by Atletico Madrid and also suffered defeats to Watford in The Premier League and Chelsea (2-0) in The FA Cup. There were signs that they were running out of steam which is not unexpected given what Klopp asks of hos players but the break will certainly have done them no harm at all and they will be refreshed and looking to claim the title at the earliest opportunity
Liverpool fans must have been dreaming that the would win the title at Goodison Park but it isnt to be although Jurgen Klopp will want his players to get it tied up as soon as possible so expect no letting up from Liverpool. They have the wood over Everton right now and they have not lost a derby under Klopp thus far and they look strong favourites to continue that record on Sunday evening. They are as short as 4/11 in places so once again it might be worth looking at opening a new account with 888Sport and taking advantage of the 7/1 Liverpool Win Market. Whilst the front three have not been as blistering as they were last season Sadio Mane has certainly been the best of the trio and he looks like battling captain Jordan Henderson for the Player of the Year awards at the seasons end. The Senegelese International has 16 goals in 35 Games this season and has scored on 2 of his previous 5 trips across Stanley Park. He looks Liverpool’s best pick at 15/8 with William Hill to open the scoring given that Salah remains a doubt to start.
|05 Jan 2018||Liverpool v Everton||Home Win||2-1||FA Cup|
|07 Apr 2018||Everton v Liverpool||Draw||0-0||Premier League|
|02 Dec 2018||Liverpool v Everton||Home Win||1-0||Premier League|
|03 Mar 2019||Everton v Liverpool||Draw||0-0||Premier League|
|04 Dec 2019||Liverpool v Everton||Home Win||5-2||Premier League|
|05 Jan 2020||Liverpool v Everton||Home Win||1-0||FA Cup|
Everything here points to a Liverpool win, History, Motivation, Form, lack of home support. How can Everton stop Liverpool claiming another 3 points on there quest for Premier League Glory and my honest Opinion is I don’t think that they can. Everton have failed to score in the Merseyside Derby in 4 of the last 6 meetings and they do look toothless if Calvert-Lewin does not fire for them. Assuming that Liverpool are up to speed physically then i think this could be a routine win for the Champions Elect and i think they can do so with a clean sheet