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The First Merseyside Derby of The Year

Last updated: December 1, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:15
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWDWW
Away Form: WDWLW
Last Meeting: Everton 0 – 0 Liverpool
Competition: EPL

The Merseyside Derby is shaping up to be a fesity one. Everton are going to Anfield full of confidence after winning three of their last four, whilst Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league. Traditionally, Everton have struggled in this fixture and Marco Silva is looking to become the first Everton manager to win his first league match at Anfield. Whatever the result, it will be a tense affair and one that splits the city of Liverpool in two for the weekend.

Liverpool are coming off a Champions League defeat to Paris St Germain, in a lacklustre game a James Milner penalty could not spare them from defeat. Their poor European forms has left them hanging on by a thread, needing to beat Napoli in order to progress. In stark contrast, their Premier League form has been unfaltering. They are only two points off top spot and their sturdy defence has let them flourish so far.

Liverpool are only conceding 0.38 goals per game, whilst averaging exactly 2 goals scored per game. This whopping difference is a sure-fire recipe for success and is one of the reasons the Reds are challenging Man City at the top of the league. Although the Pharaoh, Mo Salah, has not fully lived up to last seasons exploits, he still has 7 goals in 13 PL appearances, and Liverpool will be looking for him to bang a couple more in this weekend.

Meanwhile, Everton are having a very Everton season. They are sitting in sixth place and competing for a Europa League place, but well off the pace for a Champions League spot. Marco Silva has definitely improved the squad and style of play from last year – although after taking over from ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce that shouldn’t have been too difficult. The addition of Richarlison in the summer raised a few eyebrows with the price-tag, but so far his return of 6 goals in the league has paid dividends.

Everton have had a few good performances this season, but as is often the case, whenever they play the big teams they have faltered, only managing 1 point in the games against sides currently placed in the top 7. If Everton really want to do something with their season, they will have to start picking up points when they play the big boys.

Both teams are coming into this game relatively healthy, although Liverpool will be without long-term absentee Oxlade-Chamberlain. A big miss for the Reds will be Jordan Henderson who is suspended for the game, after being sent of in their last game against Watford.


Team News

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league this season

Captain fantastic Jordan Henderson is suspended for this game after his sending off against Watford

Everton have no significant injury news to report

Everton haven’t won at Anfield in 20 games, spanning back to 1999!


Expected Line-Ups:

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Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Keita, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Fabinho, Lovren, Sturridge, Shaqiri
Injured: Oxlade-Chamberlain
Doubtful: Lallana
Not available: Henderson
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Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Andre Gomes, Gueye; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Davies, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman
Injured: McCarthy
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Liverpool This Season Everton This Season
2nd League Position 6th
10 (5) Wins (away) 6 (1)
4 – 0 v West Ham Biggest Win 3 – 0 v Fulham
3 (2) Draws (away) 4 (3)
Biggest Defeat 1 – 3 v West Ham
Salah (7) Top Goal Scorer Richarlison (6)
Y13, R1 Discipline Y17, R2
1 Failures to Score 1
61% Clean Sheets 30%
38.46% Both Teams to Score Games 61.54%
46.15% Over 2.5 Goals 61.54%
53.85% Under 2.5 Goals 38.46%
  • Idrissa Gueye and Trent Alexander-Arnold both come into this game with the same number of yellow cards (3).
  • Liverpool remain unbeaten this season in the Premier League.
  • Mo Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer with 7 goals. Richarlison has scored 6 times for Everton.
  • Although there are only four places separating the sides in the table, the gap is 11 points.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
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’
19/12/2016 EPL Everton 0 – 1 Liverpool Mane 90+4’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Considering Everton’s recent form at Anfield, and they way Liverpool are playing this season, it looks like an outright win for Liverpool is a good bet here. Liverpool’s defence has been pretty good too, so we would not go for both teams to score. Get the best odds at bet365.