Everton and Liverpool face off in the Merseyside showdown
Last updated: March 2, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 1 – 0 Everton|
Everton finally got back to winnng ways against Cardiff midweek and will be looking to dent Liverpool’s title challenge with a victory this weekend. The Reds, meanwhile, are hoping their return to dominant form will continue.
Everton have failed to live up to expectations this season and it remains to be seen if Marco Silva is the man for the job. He has made little to no improvement on the fortunes of the Toffees, and they languish in 9th place. Since December their form has been nothing short of atrocious. Yet, they are seemingly a club that are happy to finish 7th-13th every season, so they have that at least.
Liverpool finally showed what they are capable of with a 5-0 thrashing of Watford in midweek, which was a much-needed confidence booster. Even so, they could go into this game in second place, with Man City playing on Saturday against Bournemouth. This game could signal whether they truly have turned a corner, after a run of three draws in their past five league games. That is unacceptable for a title-chaser, and they have rightly seen their lead slip away at the top as a result.
Everton will hopefully have Yerry Mina back in the starting line-up as Phil Jagielka is no match for Liverpool’s front three. Leighton Baines is also searching to return to the match squad, however even if he was fit it would be highly unlikely that he played. Other than that, the Toffees have a clean bill of health, so they have no excuses in that regard.
Liverpool welcomed back Virgil van Dijk with a bang midweek, as he contributed with two headed goals. Origi also scored after replacing Firminio in the line-up. Klopp intimated there was a ‘big chance’ that Firminio will return for the game, something that will be a huge boost for the Reds. If Salah scores in this one he will reach 50 PL goals for Liverpool, it will be his 65th game and will reach the milestone in one game quicker than any other player in PL history.
Yerry Mina returned to the sqaud against Cardiff and will probably start on Sunday.
Dejan Lovren will most likely miss out, having still not returned from a hamstring injury.
Leightob Baines is training again after his rib injury.
Robert Firminio has a ‘big chance’ to feature in the derby match.
|Everton (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin|
|Subs:||Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Richarlison, Lookman, Schneiderlin, Baines, Tosun|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabihno, Salah, Origi, Mane|
|Subs:||Mingolet, Camacho, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Firminio|
So Far This Season
|Everton This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|10 (4)||Wins (away)||21 (9)|
|5 – 1 v Burnley||Biggest Win||5 – 0 v Watford|
|6 (3)||Draws (away)||6 (4)|
|2 – 6 v Tottenham||Biggest Defeat||1 – 2 v Man City|
|Gylfi Sigurdsson (11)||Top Goal Scorer||Mohamed Salah (17)|
|Y46, R4||Discipline||Y27, R2|
|7||Failures to Score||2|
|53.57%||Both Teams to Score Games||42.86%|
|53.57%||Over 2.5 Goals||53.57%|
|46.43%||Under 2.5 Goals||46.43%|
- This will be the 200th top-flight meeting between these two teams.
- Liverpool’s away record is 9-4-1 this season, and is the second best in the league
- Everton haven’t won in 18 games against Liverpool.
- Liverpool have lost just one of their past 14 PL away matches.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|02/12/2018||EPL||Liverpool 1 – 0 Everton||Origi 90′|
|07/04/2018||EPL||Everton 0 – 0 Liverpool||—|
|05/01/2018||FA Cup||Liverpool 2 – 1 Everton||Milner 35′|
|10/12/2017||EPL||Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton||Salah 42′|
|01/04/2017||EPL||Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton||Mane 8′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Liverpool are considered favourites here, and history supports that notion. Everton are the epitome of mediocrity and haven’t beaten the Reds in 18 games, an embarrassing chapter in the Toffees’ history. We think Liverpool will win again, and it’s just by a matter of how much. A nice bet could be both teams to score and a Liverpool win, at Ladbrokes, this is offered at 12/5 (3.40).