STAR PREVIEW Weds: Everton v Liverpool

Everton had the bragging rights in last season’s Merseyside Derby fixtures against Liverpool but the two clubs are going in very different directions this season and it’s no surprise that the market expects The Reds to take three points from Goodison Park.

Rafa Benitez’ stint in charge of the Toffees started brightly with wins over Southampton, Brighton, Burnley and Norwich, but they’ve struggled against better teams since, as injuries have taken their toll.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin started the season in fine style with goals in his first three games, but he’s not started since the end of August thanks to a thigh injury, and Everton have also missed Abdoulaye Doucoure, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies, and Richarlison over the past few weeks.

Doucoure returned for their 1-0 defeat at Brentford at the weekend (when Demari Gray came off the bench and looked dangerous) but that defeat means that Everton are winless in seven Premier League games (drawn two, lost five), their longest such run since April 2016.

Everton v Liverpool
Premier League
20:15 Prime Video

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
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
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-0 Liverpool
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-0 Everton
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-0 Liverpool
JAN 2018 FA CUP Liverpool 2-1 Everton
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 Everton

They were arguably unlucky not to take a point against Brentford at the weekend but facing a red-hot Liverpool side is sure to be a completely different task and it’s understandable that the visitors are heavy favourites. Liverpool have scored 2 or more goals in 19 of their 20 games (all competitions this season) and they put Southampton to the sword to make it three wins on the bounce since their reverse at West Ham.

Mo Salah is leading the Premier League’s goalscoring charts at the time of wrting with 11 goals, but Liverpool’s threats are all across the pitch. Diogo Jota comes here after goals in his last two Premier League fixtures and he’s joint third in the scoring charts with fellow red Sadio Mane.

Last season Everton took four points from Liverpool but were arguably fortunate to do so, and the Reds can get back to winning ways in the Derby here. Liverpool have won 12 games to nil this season (from 15 in all competitions) whilst Everton have failed to score in their last three, which makes 2-0 look like a tempting bet at 6/1 with Star.


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