Reds can continue their dominance in Merseyside derby.
Great rivals Liverpool and Everton had contrasting fortunes in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
The Reds came through an exhausting period of extra time and a record-breaking penalty shoot-out against Middlesbrough with their place in the past 16 secured but the Toffees were comprehensively turned over at Swansea.
Of course, that all means nothing in a Merseyside derby when form goes out of the window and the only think that matters for fans is being able to go to the pub that night or to work on the following Monday with a smile on their face.
Liverpool made many changes against Boro and almost came unstuck despite introducing Mario Balotelli as a late substitute. Everton’s line-up at the Liberty Stadium was a slightly more familiar one but they rarely looked like avoiding a first-ever defeat by the Swans and Roberto Martinez still has plenty to work on.
The Merseyside neighbours were two of the most improved sides in the Premier League last season but neither has made a great start to the new campaign.
Liverpool have already lost three times – they only lost six in total throughout the whole of last season – while Everton arrive off back-to-back defeats in which they conceded three times.
Defence was their strong point last term but they’ve only managed to keep one clean sheet so far this time around so it might be worth considering a bet on both teams to score at 1/2.
It’s 15 years since a Kevin Campbell goal last gave Everton a victory at Anfield. They haven’t managed a goal in any of their last three trips across Stanley Park and were thumped 4-0 there last season when Daniel Sturridge scored twice.
The England striker could make his return from injury and you get the impression that the Toffees will have to be most resilient to grab a first win in 10 attempts against Brendan Rodgers’ team and that hasn’t been the case recently.
Liverpool have to be the call at 4/5 to extend their dominance in one of English football’s most passionately-contested local derbies. The pace of Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and possibly Sturridge will trouble their back line and we are offering 6/4 against a goal being scored in the first 15 minutes. That’s been a frequent occurrence in recent meetings.
The match kicks off at 12.45pm on Saturday, September 27th at Anfield.