Everton vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions
A first Premier League title is in sight for Liverpool as they return to action with a Merseyside derby at Everton.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
The season may not be ending in quite the way their fans would have hoped as the remainder of the campaign is played behind closed doors.
The chance to end the long title drought, though, means the Reds will be raring to go and they are odds-on favourites to secure their 28th win of the season on Sunday.
When is it? Sunday June 21st
What time is kick-off? 19:00
Where is it being played? Goodison Park
Which channel is it on? Pick
Everton vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Here are our predictions for Sunday’s clash between Everton and Liverpool for which we also have a range of other markets available:
- Liverpool to win second half 10/11
- Liverpool to score in both halves 13/10
- Liverpool most goals 30-60 minutes 7/5
Liverpool securing the title is surely only a matter of time but Everton’s fans would love nothing more than for them to delay the celebrations of their neighbours for as long as possible.
History is not on their side, though, as Everton have not won a Merseyside derby since October 2010, while they have failed to score in four of the last five meetings in all competitions.
They had a chance to end that miserable run when Liverpool fielded a severely weakened team for January’s FA Cup clash but the Reds still managed a 1-0 win at Anfield thanks to a second-half goal from youngster Curtis Jones.
Everton’s performance that night against what was effectively Liverpool’s reserve team does not bode well for their chances on Sunday, with their best hope being that Liverpool’s energy levels are not what they would usually be due to the lockdown.
Speaking after the FA Cup tie, Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “We knew that Liverpool put in fresh players and that the intensity could be a high intensity, so I think the defeat arrived because we were not able to keep the intensity in the second half.
“We lost energy, we lost confidence, we were not able to build up quick from the back.”
That leads us to back the Reds to win the second half at 10/11 as our opening Everton vs Liverpool prediction.
First goalscorer tips
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane predictably lead the first goalscorer betting, with the Egyptian the slight favourite at 29/10. He has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season but eight of his last nine have been at Anfield.
Mane has 18 goals in total, one of which was against Everton in December, while he opened the scoring in both Merseyside derbies in the 2016/17 season. There is little to choose between the pair but Mane perhaps offers slightly better value at 10/3.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Having backed one of the favourites above, we’re looking for a bigger price in the anytime goalscorer odds and Georginio Wijnaldum catches the eye at 15/2.
The Dutch midfielder had scored two goals in his last four appearances before the season was put on hold, while it was Wijnaldum who put the icing on the cake with Liverpool’s fifth goal in the reverse fixture.
Where the game will be won or lost
Everton would have been underdogs heading into this game regardless but their chances have not been helped by a number of injuries picked up since training resumed.
Theo Walcott has had an abdominal operation and will require at least a month of rehabilitation after he experienced discomfort on his return to training.
That was the latest blow before the restart after midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin and defender Yerry Mina also sustained injuries.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, on the other hand, was happy with his side’s preparations as they enjoyed a 6-0 Anfield friendly win over Blackburn last weekend.
The match not only enabled Klopp to step up his players’ fitness levels ahead but also to adapt to the closed-door surroundings and the safety protocols.
On the lack of supporters, Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “Yes, it’s different, of course. You need to get used to it, but I like it. After three times, it is completely OK.
“I thought before – and I don’t have experience in this area – that it would be really awkward, but we have to create our own atmosphere in the games.
“We have to be lively as well, we have to be animated and stuff like this. Being positive about the things that have happened and so on, that’s how you can create an atmosphere – and it’s what we have to do as well.”
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— Liverpool FC (at ðŸ ) (@LFC) June 14, 2020
Liverpool were 2-0 up after just 17 minutes in December’s Premier League meeting before they eventually won 5-2 so we like 13/10 for them to score in both halves in the Everton vs Liverpool odds.
It is late in the first half when Liverpool generally take charge of matches. In the 15 minutes leading up to half-time, Klopp’s men have scored 17 goals this season and conceded just two.
They can be backed at 29/20 to be leading at half-time and full-time but at a similar price we’re going for them to score the most goals between 30 and 60 minutes at 7/5 as the last of our Everton vs Liverpool betting tips.