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Back a Merseyside Derby draw between rivals Liverpool and Everton

Thursday 25th September 2014
Jack Kitson looks ahead to the weekend and the first of the annual Premier League grudge matches between Liverpool and Everton.

Fierce rivals Liverpool and Everton kick-off a stunning Saturday of Premier League football when they lock horns at Anfield in the eagerly anticipated first Merseyside Derby of the season. The duo have both suffered stuttering starts to their respective campaigns, but this weekend's crunch clash gives each team the perfect chance to ignite their crusade by getting back to winning ways.

Liverpool have failed to replicate the dazzling form that sent shivers down the spines of their opponents last season. Instead, the Reds have endured a sluggish start to their 53rd consecutive campaign in the top-flight, losing three of their opening five games (W2 L3), including shock back-to-back defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham. The club, who squeaked past Championship side Middlesbrough on Tuesday in a remarkable League Cup penalty shoot-out, are now in real need of a morale-boosting league win, and Brendan Rodgers will no doubt have his troops fired up for the visit of their city neighbours.

Similarly the Blues have struggled to get out of the blocks, picking up just one league win so far. Roberto Martinez's wounded men head into Saturday's showcase spectacle in dire form having suffered disappointing defeats to Crystal Palace (league) and then Swansea (cup). There is surprisingly a real vulnerability about Everton at the moment, but fortunately for them their local rivals are also on the rocks, which potentially makes for an unpredictable, albeit fiery, game come Saturday lunchtime.

However, while Liverpool may be experiencing a case of the early season jitters, they can look back on an impressive recent record against the blue-half of Merseyside; losing only one of their last 15 Merseyside league derbies, while they are unbeaten in the last eight encounters in all competitions. In the corresponding fixture last season they stormed to an electrifying 4-0 win, and the hosts head into Saturday's match as the odds-on 10/11 favourites with Bet Victor to carve out another victory over their rivals.

Everton supporters will need no reminding that their side hasn't won at Anfield this century, with their last victory dating back to 1999. On current form that statistic is unlikely to change, unless they immediately tighten up their leaky defence. The Blues undoubtedly have the firepower to cause Liverpool problems, but gaping holes at the back have cost them so far this season. Nonetheless Martinez's men are worth checking out at 10/3 with Betfred to end their rotten run, but considering that three of the last four meetings have been tied, a draw perhaps represents the best bet at 14/5 with Sky Bet, while a score draw catches the eye at 7/2 with Paddy Power.

Everton's five games have been drenched in goals so far, 24, at a startling average of 4.8 a game, while they also have the worst defence in the league, conceding 13 goals in just their handful of matches. Meanwhile Liverpool, who only have one clean sheet to their name this season, have both scored and conceded in their last three matches. With this in mind 3.5 goals is an attractive bet at 31/20, while the match result and both teams to score market is definitely worth checking out, with Liverpool priced at 11/5, while Everton are available at 6/1.

Both teams have no shortage of goalscorers in their teams, and it is Liverpool's Mario Balotelli who leads the way at 11/2 to break the deadlock, with Rickie Lambert priced at 6/1, and Raheem Sterling at 13/2. The trio can also be found at 6/4, 2/1 and 19/10 respectively to net anytime. Over on the blue half striker Romelu Lukaku, who has two goals in his last two league appearances, can be found at 2/1 to get his name on the scoresheet and 7/1 to open the scoring.

Liverpool v Everton Tips

  • Best Bet: Score draw @ 7/2 with Paddy Power

  • Tip #2: Over 3.5 goals @ 31/20 with Bet Victor

  • Tip #3: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 2/1 with Betfred

Jack Kitson
Massive Southampton fan, loving being back in the Premier League but cannot get enough football to feed my addiction.

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