Premier League Betting Preview: Everton vs. Liverpool – Sunday, June 21 2020

Premier League Betting Preview: Everton vs. Liverpool – Sunday, June 21 2020

Liverpool are just two steps away from their first title in the Premier League era and one of them could be taken at Goodison Park where Everton take on their Merseyside rivals on Sunday, 21 June 2020. 

Both sides have drawn six of their last seven Premier League meetings at Goodison Park, including two goalless draws in the last two meetings there, with Everton scoring just once in their last five home matches against Liverpool. 

All in all, The Toffees have failed to beat Liverpool in 21 matches across all competitions since a 2-0 home victory in October 2010, losing 11 of them.

The Reds were victorious in the last two Merseyside derbies earlier this season, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent Premier League encounter on 4 December, which was Marco Silva’s last game at the helm of Everton – he was sacked on the next day. 

Silva’s successor – Carlo Ancelotti – has already faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool since he returned to England as Everton suffered a 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Anfield on 5 January 2020, when Liverpool’s boss fielded many of his youngsters to make the defeat even more painful to Everton. 

Everton Betting Preview 

While Carlo Ancelotti’s side are eager to delay Liverpool’s title celebrations, a victory in the Merseyside derby would take The Tofees above Burnley as they seek to climb into the top half of the table, which would also depend on the outcome of Crystal Palace’s visit to Bournemouth on Saturday. 

Everton occupy 12th place in the Premier League table, collecting 37 points and remaining four behind Tottenham Hotspur in eight, but they will hardly manage to achieve anything significant in the ongoing campaign, so a top-half finish should be something to aim for. 

The Merseyside Blues are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight matches (since Marco Silva’s dismissal) at Goodison Park, winning five of them. They can boast a decent home record (winning 25 of their 37 points at home), but they need to do much better, especially on the road, if they want to become top-six challengers next season. 

However, Everton were winless in their last three games prior to the break and even though they are 10 points above the relegation zone, a poor run in the coming games could actually put them under pressure in the closing weeks of the season. They’ve already spent some time in the bottom three earlier this season and do not want to get any closer to it again. 

The Toffees have conceded a whopping 46 goals in 29 matches – nearly as much as 18th-placed Bournemouth (47), and 25 more than their Liverpool rivals. They have kept just six clean sheets throughout the Premier League campaign and will have to perform much, much better if they want to stop Liverpool scoring a few more after the five-star triumph at Anfield in December. 

Everton have lost 4-0 at Chelsea before the break but that was the first time in 11 games that Carlo Ancelotti’s men had failed to score. Indeed, going forward, Eveton have been finding the net more often than not recently, so the likes of Richarlison (12 goals in all competitions) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (15) will be keen to add to their tally against Liverpool. 

Meanwhile, midfielder Andre Gomes has recovered from an injury and is expected to start, but center-back Yerry Mina and fellow midfielder Fabian Delph are both ruled out due to muscle injuries, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains a long-term absentee.

Theo Walcott will be sidelined for a few weeks having had surgery before the Premier League’s return, while wingers Bernard and Alex Iwobi are in contention for a starting spot.

Liverpool Betting Preview 

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are 22 points clear of Manchester City (following City’s victory against Arsenal) and we can hardly imagine Liverpool missing another opportunity to win the Premier League title. They need only two victories to wrap up their 19th top-flight trophy and first one since 1990, so they’ll surely want to earn them as quickly as possible. 

Having won 27 out of 29 Premier League matches, Liverpool can be extremely confident yet there were signs of a drop in form before the lockdown, with the Merseyside Reds losing four of their last six matches, including their 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid at Anfield which dethroned the Champions League holders. 

Moreover, Liverpool suffered a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup round of 16, as well as a 3-0 defeat at Watford, which was their first Premier League defeat of the season and first one since almost 14 months. 

Jurgen Klopp has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s battle for Merseyside. Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson are expected to be back to the starting XI, both recovering from injuries.

With captain Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum certain to start in central midfield, Fabinho’s place could be challenged by Naby Keita, who is eager to be given a chance to impress. 

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is another player who will hope to earn another start if Klopp doesn’t start Fabinho in the middle of the park. 

Divock Origi has scored five times in seven appearances against Everton in all competitions, including a brace in this season’s 5-2 victory. The last Liverpool player to score more than once in both Merseyside top-flight encounters in a season was Dick Forshaw in 1925-26, though we don’t expect to see Origi in the starting XI here.

Speaking about Liverpool’s attack, Roberto Firmino will be looking to score his first Premier League goal since a 2-1 win at Wolves on 23 January, while Sadio Mane (14 EPL goals) and top goalscorer Mohamed Salah (16 EPL goals) have not been particularly prolific before the break, but they can always explode. 

Possible Starting Lineups of Everton and Liverpool 

Everton: Jordan Pickford – Djibril Sidibe, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne – Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes, Bernard – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison. (4-4-2) 

Liverpool: Alisson – Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold – Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah. (4-3-3) 

Spooky Express Betting Prediction 

The Reds are unbeaten in 21 matches in all competitions against Everton. Only against Aston Villa do they boast a longer such run, with 22 matches between 1981 and 1992.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have conceded only 21 goals in the Premier League so far and nine goals were conceded in their away games, meaning that they’re stable enough away from Anfield, except the 3-0 defeat against Watford, which was a disappointing team effort. 

Everton, on the other hand, have lost just once at Goodison Park since a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on 28 September, but their city rivals are an opposition from a higher calibre and we expect a completely different game here, especially after such a long-break. 

The last few Merseyside derbies at Goodison Park have not been really spectacular, to be honest – not at all. There were just three goals scored in them, since a 3-3 draw in November 2013, but this time we expect something different and hopefully more exciting. 

To sum things up, we expect a thrilling Merseyside derby where both sides will score but Liverpool will eventually prevail. 

Spooky Express Free Play: Match Result / Both Teams to Score – Liverpool / Yes +210 @ BetOnline for 3/10 Units

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