On Tuesday 28 January 2014, Liverpool host Everton in the Premier League. It’s time for the second Merseyside Derby of the season.
It’s always a big game for the locals, and this season it takes on the added excitement of being a bit of show down between two teams that are desperate to secure the fourth spot in the league, and the Champions League football that will bring next season. Whatever the managers might say about not being out of the title hunt, Liverpool are eight points off Arsenal, and both mangers would gladly take fourth spot now if it was offered.
Putting aside all the 'passion' and 'pride', a difficult thing when discussing this match, the real beauty of the Merseyside Derby is that it rarely lets you down in terms of entertainment. It's unlikely any match between the two will pass without some incident, and there are normally goals as well which is a bonus. Basically these games are what should happen two committed teams go at each other.
The last match they played against each other is a good example of this, in November they played out an epic 3-3 at Goodison Park. An excellent end to end game, notable for a wonderful Suarez free kick and a Lukaku double.
We expect both teams to look for the win at Anfield, a sinlge point would do neither team much use, this really is a Champions League six pointer. Miss out on those points and they’ll have lost momentum and a double opportunity to separate themselves from both their main local rival, and the main rival for fourth, Tottenham, who host Manchester City on Wednesday.
If you’re looking for omens, Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 13 Premier League Merseyside derbies at Anfield. Everton's last away win? That was provided by a Kevin Campbell goal back in 1999.
Also worth noting, when there are red card refunds about, is that the Merseyside derby has produced 20 red cards in the Premier League. That's more than other fixture in Premier League history. This really isn't a game where you shirk from a challenge.
In terms of the odds, Liverpool are the home favourites, best priced at 17/20 with William Hill.
Everton can be backed at 7/2 with UniBet, and the draw is available at 29/10 with BetVictor.
Unsurprisingly, given his 22 goals so far, Louis Suarez is the favourite in the first goalscorer market, best priced at 3/1 with Coral. Sturridge is available at 9/2 with BoyleSport, and for Everton the currently goal shy Lukaku can be backed at 38/1 with BetFair.
Lacina Traore may play, and if you fancy him to score on debut (and there’s no better way of endearing yourself to Everton fans than that!), he can be backed at a fairly miserly 3/1 with ToteSport.
If you’d like some extra value to your bets, there are a few good offers around.
• BWin are offering double delight and hat-trick heaven
• BetVictor have a red card refund (which is certainly not out of the question)
• Ladbrokes refund on the bore draw.
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