Early front-runners, Everton welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park this Saturday for what is expected to be an explosive Merseyside derby.
Premier League 2020/2021
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton play hosts to Liverpool in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off as the only side still with a hundred percent record in the top-flight this season.
The Tofees made light work of Brighton just before the international break, triumphing 4-2 in the end with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and the enterprising James Rodriguez all getting on the scoresheet at this ground.
Thus, they had won seven straight matches on the bounce for the first time since 1894-95 season, and not since the 1938-39 campaign did they manage to win their first opening five games. Could their be more from this new look Everton side?
Liverpool come here on the back of the humiliation that was the 7-2 defeat away to Aston Villa before the break. That loss meant they are the first reigning champions to concede seven in a top-flight match since Arsenal in September 1953!
Manager Jürgen Klopp would hardly had been pleased too; it was the biggest defeat he’s suffered in 876 managerial games.
However, this fixture haven’t been a
particularly enjoyable one for Everton faithfuls down the years. They have failed to win their last 22 games against Liverpool in all competitions, a run dating back to 2010 when Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored in that famous 2-0 victory.
So, what does this cracker have in store for punters in the betting?
Carlo Ancelotti will have a lot of injury worries to contend with for this game. Yerry Mina pulled up with a thigh injury on international duty with Colombia and is already rated as doubtful here.
Lucas Digne could be another injury casualty from the break after picking up a knock whilst on duty with France.
Seamus Coleman is expected to recover in time from his hamstring but Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite are still sidelined.
Alisson is still unavailable no thanks to his muscle injury while Sadio Mane could still be out with the virus.
Naby Keita (illness), Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (knee) are the other injury absentees for the Reds while Konstantinos Tsimikas (thigh) will not make his debut here.
Head to Head
In 234 competitive meetings, Liverpool have won 95 to Everton’s 66, while 75 meetings have been drawn.
Everton last five competitive games: WWWWW
Liverpool’s last five competitive games: WWWWL
This is a game between two sides that have showed promise thus far this season, Liverpool’s no show last time out notwithstanding. As such, it could be tricky backing an outright winner.
We like to say there will be goals despite the tough-looking nature of this one, and you can get odds of 11/5 for Over 2.5 goals from here.
Calvert-Lewin is a man on fire at the moment. The Englishman has scored six thus far in this competition, and even got another last time on his debut for England. He’s 13/8 to find the net anytime here, and we are going with him on our acca.