The 227th Mersey derby is slowly approaching and the morale for both teams should be lifted thanks to their victories in midweek; Everton beating Arsenal and Liverpool beating Middlesbrough. Both teams will be anxious to avoid defeat as a victory will suit both teams during this stage of the season. Liverpool who are currently in the title race will be looking to pile the pressure on their rivals, whereas Everton are looking to move further up the table with 6th and 5th spot still a reality. Everton will be without the suspended Phil Jagielka and are currently unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season, however that being said, Everton haven’t won any of their last 12 derby matches and to make things worse, Klopp has got Liverpool playing better than they have for a long while. In regards to Liverpool, with the negatives views on their defence, they have managed to keep four clean sheets in their last six matches and Klopp is hoping that Joel Matip recovers from an ankle injury.
Kick off will be on Monday at 8pm at Goodison Park, with last season’s score being 1-1, yet I feel we will have a definite winner for this match; both teams look dangerous attacking and during certain point of this season their defence have let the team down. The referee to be taking charge of this game will be no one other than Mike Dean which may come as a surprise selection. A bit of trivia for you here, Mike Dean has been picked to officiate his first Everton/Liverpool match in more than a decade. For such a major derby, who are the bookies going with? 888sport have got Everton 14/1 and Liverpool 7/1 and Skybet have Everton at 3/1 and Liverpool 17/20. Everyone knows that Liverpool are going to be the clear favourites for this match up, purely because of the way Klopp’s got the team playing, however don’t write off Everton, they managed to dethrone an inform Arsenal side during the week and with their unbeaten home record, this should be an exciting and exhilarating match up.
I believe this will be a high pressing game and both teams have clear goal scoring threats, so having both teams to score would be a worthy pick, maybe even put over 2.5 match goals on your slip because I truly believe this will be a high scoring game. The result, my heart is going with Everton on this one with Barkley being involved on the score sheet; however my head is going with Liverpool with a 3-1 score line, Mane, Lallana and Firmino all getting goals in the match.
Stats and form
Discipline- Y34 R1
Leading scorer- Lukaku 9
Discipline- Y23 R0
Leading scorer- Mane