Everton vs Liverpool Preview

February 6, 2015
By: Deke Hardman


Saturday afternoon’s Premier League action concludes at Goodison Park where Everton face Liverpool in the 224th Merseyside derby.

The hosts ended a winless streak of eight games with victory at Crystal Palace last time out, a result which moved them above the Eagles into twelfth place, though they are just seven points above the bottom three.

Roberto Martinez could hand a debut to Aaron Lennon, who moved to the Toffee’s on loan from Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day, while James McCarthy is set to return after six weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Romelu Lukaku is priced at 7.5 (13/2) to open the scoring with William Hill, with fellow Belgium international Kevin Mirallas an 11.0 (10/1) chance with the same firm.

The home win is widely available at 3.4 (12/5), with the visitors favourites at 2.3 (13/10) with a number of firms. The draw can be backed at 3.5 (5/2) with Stan James.

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat West Ham United last time out in the league to move to within four points of the top four, while they booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at Bolton Wanderers in their fourth round replay on Wednesday evening.

Daniel Sturridge is set to make his first start since returning from injury, though Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Lucas are all doubtful.

Sturridge can be found at 6.0 (5/1) in the first goalscorer market, ahead of 11.0 (10/1) chance Steven Gerrard who is set to feature in what is likely to be his last ever Merseyside derby, though the sides could still meet each other in the Europa League.

It was a Gerrard free kick that opened the scoring when the sides met at Anfield back in September though Phil Jagielka’s thunderous strike gave Everton a share of the spoils.

Four of the last five meeting between the sides have ended in draws with only one of those matches producing no goals, so you may be tempted to take advantage Betfair’s offer of 1.7 (7/10) for both teams to score this time around.

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