The 217th edition of the Merseyside derby takes place at Anfield on March 13 when Liverpool hosts its cross town rivals Everton. Liverpool goes into the game with three English Premier League losses in a row after winning the Carling Cup on penalties over Cardiff at the end of February. Their latest loss came on the week when Sunderland beat them 1-0 at the Stadium of Light. Everton come into the match after beating Tottenham 1-0 on the weekend. If Liverpool loses it’ll be the first time they’ve lost four league games in a row in the past 10 years.
Liverpool has a win, a draw and three losses overall in their past five games while Everton has three wins and two draws. In the last five derbies, Liverpool has won three, drawn one and lost just once. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is hoping that midfield captain Steven Gerrard can start the game along with defender Glen Johnson. Both have been suffering from injuries recently. However, Lucas Leiva will be missing from action.
Everton manager David Moyes welcomed Jack Rodwell back to the squad on the weekend after being out for a considerable length of time with an injury. Steven Pienaar will also be able to play after sitting out against Spurs because he’s on loan to Everton from them.
Liverpool sits seventh in the league with 39 points from 10 wins, nine draws and eight losses. They’ve scored just 30 goals in 27 games. Everton is just two points behind them and in ninth place with 37 points from 10 wins, seven draws and 10 losses.
They’ve only scored 28 goals in 27 games. Liverpool had the same number of points at this stage last year, so they haven’t improved even with all of their additions such as Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam.
Neither manager really knows how to utilize his squad and that’s why these are two of the lowest scoring teams in the league. Dalglish especially looks foolish after splashing out 35 million pounds on striker Andy Carroll and sitting him on the bench game in and game out. Moyes is just as bad as he usually did the same with Louis Saha and Yakubu. Both strikers have left Everton and have been hitting the back of the net on a regular basis at their new clubs Spurs and Blackburn.
Our predictions for Liverpool vs Everton
Liverpool beat Everton at Goodison Park earlier in the season 2-0. In the previous 216 derbies, Liverpool has been victorious 86 times while Everton has won 66 matches and the other 64 were draws. Liverpool’s in poor form and are bad at home with just four wins on the season. Everton’s playing well and that could mean this game ends up in a draw.
William Hill has the latest betting odds of a Liverpool victory listed at 4/5 with an Everton win at 4/1 and a draw at 9/4. Get free bets through the banner at the top.