Prediction and odds for the game: Everton (7/1) vs Liverpool (4/11)
We are backing Diogo Jota to be anytime goalscorer at odds of 13/10
When: Wednesday 1 December 2021, Kick-off 20:15
Where: Goodison Park
On Wednesday night, out-of-form Everton host city-rivals Liverpool in a potentially massive Merseyside derby in the Premier League.
The Toffees have struggled for points and performances of late, amid an injury crisis. A 1-0 defeat at Brentford last time out saw another powderpuff display from Rafa Benitez’s team and means the home team are now seven games without a Premier League victory. It also means that Everton have suffered defeat in five of their last six league matches.
They have desperately missed the services of injured star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who once again looks set to miss out on this clash. The Toffees have failed to score in their last three league outings and have looked poor in attack with Calvert-Lewin. The return from suspension of Brazilian forward Richarlison should give their forward line a boost though.
The recent poor run of form has many associated with Everton nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone. They are still six points above the drop zone, but with a hard run of fixtures to come in the next few weeks, they need to arrest the current slump in form somehow.
Everton may take some heart from the fact that they picked up four points from the two derby matches, ending a hoodoo at Anfield that has lasted over two decades. With eight of the last nine derbies at Goodison Park finishing in draws, there may well be some hope for the long-suffering Toffees fans.
Jurgen Klopp’s team head to Goodison on the back of two straight 4-0 wins in the Premier League over Arsenal and Southampton. The victories continued the visitors recent prolific run in front of goal in the Premier League, as they have now scored at least two goals in 17 of their last 18 league matches dating backing to last season.
Despite their prolific run in front of goal, Liverpool are still only third place in the Premier League table, trailing reigning champions and league leaders Chelsea by just two points though.
A 3-2 defeat at West Ham in their last away game in the Premier League, ended a 12-match unbeaten run on their travels for Klopp’s team. It did not end their scoring run though. In fact, they have scored at least two goals in their last nine away matches in the English top-flight.
Everton have been truly woeful without the likes of Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. At least Abdoulaye Doucoure returned last time out and Richarlison will return to the squad. Liverpool are in ominous form and will be difficult to stop.
Despite the unpredictability of a derby, we still believe Liverpool will come out on top in this clash, with the influential absentees being a key factor. However, the away win offers little value, so we are going to look at the goals market for our first bet.
The first bet we are going to back is Diogo Jota to be an anytime goalscorer. The Portuguese forward is in hot form, having scored three goals in his last two league appearances. The other bet we recommend is a draw at half-time, as the Toffees will set to be hard to beat, so they may be able to repel their neighbours for 45 minutes.
Our Tips: We are backing Diogo Jota to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 13/10 and/or draw at half time at odds of 17/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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Can Everton arrest their worrying slump or will the Reds continue their recent good form at Goodison Park?