PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Wed: Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool look to keep their Premier League title hopes hanging on by a thread as they travel to Goodison Park for the first Merseyside derby of 2024, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

The Toffees’ 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest just three days ago doesn’t tell you the full story of what happened, with the now famous trio of Ashley Cole non-given penalty fouls causing ripples throughout the football world. 

The statement from Forest arguably extended all the way to Spain’s capital for the El Classico fixture which preceded a strikingly similar statement from Barcelona. 

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Everton v Liverpool
Premier League
Goodison Park
20.00

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
OCT 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Everton
FEB 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Everton
SEP 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-0 Liverpool
APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Everton
DEC 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-4 Liverpool
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 0-2 Everton
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 2-2 Liverpool
JUN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-0 Liverpool
JAN 2020 FA CUP Liverpool 1-0 Everton
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 5-2 Everton

A long-range goal from absolutely nowhere by both Idrissa Gueye and Dwight McNeil flatters the Dyche side that had a mere 0.42 Expected Goals and far less possession than the Tricky Trees. Struggles when attacking was a similar issue against a Burnley with 10 men with just 0.48 Expected Goals and a failure to score in the second half.

Chelsea’s 6-0 romp at Stamford Bridge put doubt in my mind about where Everton is at defensively and somewhat scuppered any idea that this squad is currently implementing ideas of Dyche’s famous defensive tightness. 

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Two trophies for Klopp’s farewell tour went from heavily odds on to heavily odds against in the space of a week as they found a way to drop points against Manchester United and Crystal Palace, as well as lose their Europa League fixture when they were 1/6 to qualify against Atalanta and lost 3-1.

Slow starting has been a common theme all season and it was no different against Fulham when they seemed to be a different side in the first half compared to the second, conceding a sloppy goal to Timothy Castagne after a Trent freekick bullet put them in front. 

The Anfield residents are now the biggest of the three sides in contention at ? with starsports.bet for the Premier League and with recent form not exactly being perfect, and upcoming fixtures including Spurs and Villa, I can only see that price going out further. 

VERDICT
As previously mentioned, first halves are regularly painful for the Reds. Liverpool have won 17 matches in 90 minutes across 2024 so far and in every single one of them, Klopp’s men have won the second half, many of which after not winning the first. They are ? to win the match and I’m more than happy to take ? with starsports.bet about a second half victory to secure some value. Assuming Liverpool win at shorter odds, there’s no reason why the 17 match streak of 2024 will be broken tonight.


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