Liverpool v Everton: Merseyside Derby Provides Crucial Six Pointer
The games between Liverpool and Everton are always important, certainly as far as the two sets of supporters are concerned but at this stage of the campaign, we can truly use that old football cliché and call it a six pointer.
Both teams have European aspirations which would be severely dented by a defeat so what sort of game could we look forward to from Saturday’s early kick off?
Form is very similar ahead of this game but despite that, Liverpool are a short odds on to take the three points and can currently be backed at a best price of 13/18 with 188Bet. If you’re inclined to back an Everton win here, the best price on this outcome stands at 9/2 with MarathonBet while the draw completes the market at a figure of 63/20 with MarathonBet once again.
There is much to gain here but moreover, it’s a game that neither side dare lose. If Everton were to go down, any faint hopes of a top four finish would effectively be over and while that isn’t necessarily the case for Liverpool, a defeat would seriously dent their hopes of finishing in the Champions League places.
For that reason, a draw in what could be a cagey game could be a very strong punt on Saturday.
Individual Goal Scorers
Daniel Sturridge leads the way in the first goal scorer markets and the England man can be picked up at best odds of 49/10 with MarathonBet to open the scoring here. Many will be interested in Sadio Mane however and the man who won this game for Liverpool back in December looks a strong option at a top price of 5/1 with 32Red.
But what of Romelu Lukaku? With Harry Kane injured, Everton’s Belgium international is homing in on the Golden Boot award at the end of the campaign and he looks a good option to score first at best odds of 11/2 across the board including outlets such as Paddy Power and Betway.
Having scored two goals against Hull City last time out, Lukaku is a good tip to score an anytime goal at the very least. In this market he is on offer at a top price of 9/5 with Paddy Power.
There are other, strong options in the anytime betting including Enner Valencia, Lukaku’s strike partner who is also in decent form and is quoted at a best of 7/2 with 32Red to find the net in 90 minutes.
For Liverpool, good options here include the dangerous Philippe Coutinho at a top price of 2/1 with SkyBet and BetFred and you could also consider Georginio Wijnaldum, who has five goals this season and could be a threat at 41/10 with 888Sport.
Other Side Bets
We’ve mentioned the possibility of a cagey affair with neither side wanting to commit too much into attack and if that’s how you see the game developing, the overs and unders markets may hold some interest for Saturday lunchtime kick off. Currently, you can bet under the 3.5 line at best odds of 4/9 with BetFred and Stan James but we’ll take that a shade further and go under the 2.5 line which would return a top price of 59/50 with MarathonBet.
That brings us on to the correct score market which is always popular for those smaller stakes. There are some good price boosts around the books for this one including those from SkyBet who are quoting 18/1 on Everton to win 2-1 and 9/1 on Liverpool 2 Everton 0 but we’re sticking with our assertion that this will be a tight game with a 1-1 final score a tempter at 31/4 with 10Bet.
Games between these two aren’t always close and last season, Liverpool won the corresponding fixture by four goals to nil but there is so much at stake with this match that we can’t see too much attacking intent. With teams sitting back and looking to break on the counter, a low scoring draw seems like an obvious conclusion at this stage.
- The draw at 63/20 with MarathonBet
- Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 9/5 with Paddy Power
- Under 2.5 goals at 59/50 with MarathonBet