Everton VS Liverpool Prediction
Another exclusive game in Saturday, when on “Goodison Park” in Liverpool we will have 224th edition of the “Merseyside derby”, when Everton hosts vs Liverpool in 24th round of the English Premier League.
Amazing Saturday we’ll have here, The Spurs and Arsenal will open the schedule of great football rivalries, and later we will continue with the Spanish La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, but here we will focus on the upcoming “battle” for Merseyside, in which Everton and Liverpool will play for the points, for pride, and for their honour. One rivalry, which dates from October 1894, between the blue and red part of Liverpool, North-west England. The derby between Everton and Liverpool is the longest running derby match in the Premier League (Division One), having been played at that level since season 1962-1963, since both clubs are in English elite in that period. The longest period without Merseyside derbies in the Premier League was in years between 1951 and 1962, when first of all Everton relegated in “Second Division” (1951-1954), while when Everton were promoted after season 1953-1954, Liverpool relegated from First Division, and “The Reds” have returned to the English elite for season 1962/1963. In that period both teams had just one meeting, which was in the 4th round of FA Cup, in which Liverpool won with 0:4 on “Goodison Park”, in front of 72,000 spectators.
Everton and Liverpool in season 2014/2015 – Roberto Martinez vs Brendan Rodgers
Both Merseyside clubs will chase the win, that’s obvious, like everyone would do that in these special games. This will be the last “Merseyside” game (unless the two teams don’t meet in the Europa League) for Steven Gerrard, who will quit the Premier League after this season, so one great character, who is a local lad, will play his last game against the city rivals, so the new generation of Liverpool players must focus to keep the good streak against “The Toffees”, who are without a victory vs Liverpool in their last 9 games. The last success of Everton is from October 2010, when “The Blues” won on their “Goodison Park” with 2:0, and the goals were scored by Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta. Two names, who also left Everton, but they will remain in the club history with their appearances for “The Toffees”. Most recent result in the last 9 matches, in which Everton fail to win, is the draw – 4 victories for “The Reds” and 5 draws. Most recent draw between both sides was in their last meeting, which was on “Anfield”, when in 27 September 2014 Liverpool were very close to the victory, when Phil Jagielka scored after a great strike outside of the box.
Goalscorer for “The Reds” was exactly Steven Gerrard, and we are sure that the captain will do his best to score in his last Merseyside derby, at least for now.
Another very intriguing matchup will be between the managers – Roberto Martienz and Brendan Rodgers. Two young managers, both born in 1973 (Brendan Rodgers turned 42 years recently, while Martinez is still aged 41), who are hungry for success in the Premier League, will meet once again. Last time Martinez took the credits with his defensive approach, in a game where Liverpool dominated more, but as you can see final result was a draw, and the late equalizer by Jagielka. Last season was completely on Rodgers’ side, when Liverpool recorded a 3:3 draw on “Goodison Park”, and “The Reds” achieved their biggest win over Everton since more than 3 decades. The 4:0 win is notable for Liverpool, which remains the biggest success in Merseyside derby since November 1982, when Liverpool won on “Goodison Park” with 5:0 – Ian Rush scored four of them and Mike Lawrenson added one more.
Another edition of the clash between Martinez and Rodgers, another edition of the Merseyside derby – current balance is completely on “The Reds” – 89 wins in 223 matches between Liverpool and Everton. Everton has 66 wins, while the draws are 68. Goal difference is 313:256 in Liverpool’s favour. It’s obvious that Everton can’t turn the balance in the next few season, but we are sure that “The Blues” will chase their first win over Liverpool for more than 4 years.
Everton currently holds 12th position and “The Toffees” are with only 26 points from their first 23 EPL matches, performance which is far from the production of Everton last season, when “The School of Science” was chasing the last Champions League position few rounds before the end, and Everton finished fifth. Now Everton looks very inconsistent and the selection of Roberto Martinez is without two consecutive wins since end of November, when they have won against West Ham United (2:1 in EPL) and Wolfsburg (2:0 in Europa League), in the best period of Everton so far in the season – 8 games without a loss.
Liverpool on his side is far from the last season performance, which made “The Reds” main title contenders until the last few games, and now Liverpool is on his re-organization way. As we can see after the transfer of Luis Suarez “The Reds” had some hard days and nights, but now Liverpool starts to shine again, bit by bit, and the team is not so far from the top 4 positions – currently Liverpool holds the 7th position with 38 points, 4 less than Southampton and Arsenal, who are fourth and fifth in the Premier League standings.
Positive influence for “The Reds” will come from their midweek effort, when Liverpool made a late comeback against Bolton (from 0:1 to 2:1), after a magnificent strike by Coutinho in the additional time, which secured them place in the 5th round of the FA Cup, where Liverpool have not so bad chances for winning a trophy this season, as well in Europa League.
Betting prediction, possible lineups and referee of the Merseyside derby – Everton vs Liverpool – 07.02.2015
In the late Saturday afternoon we expect one intriguing clash between two city rivals, who are in search of their best form so far in the season. Everton are still very inconsistent in their efforts, and their last round success on “Selhurst Park” in London (1:0 vs Crystal Palace) was their first Premier League success since mid of December, and also their first win in 2015.
Liverpool is still undefeated in 13 games (if we don’t count the defeat from Chelsea in the extra 30 minutes), and “The Reds” are with three consecutive wins away from “Anfield” in the league – three clean sheets vs Burnley, Sunderland and Aston Villa. The new 3-4-3 formation starts to work well and we believe that Liverpool can continue with the strong performances and they can chase the three points on “Goodison Park”, or at least to avoid loss. In this case we will pick the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) for Liverpool, and we will place our bets here with high stakes.
Liverpool doesn’t have any serious concerns with missing players – Brad Jones is the only injured player, while Kolo Toure is still with Ivory Coast on the Africa Cup of Nations, where “The Elephants” will take part in the final game. Daniel Sturridge already returned and he even scored in the last round win over West Ham – great finishing by Sturridge for the final 2:0.
Everton also has player, who is involved in the vital games at AFCON 2015 – Christian Atsu is with Ghana, while Roberto Martinez can’t count to the injured goalkeeper Tim Howard, and also to Leon Osman, James McCarthy, while Steven Pienaar is doubtful.
Possible starting XI:
Everton: Robles – Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman – Besic, Barry – Mirallas, Naismith, Barkley – Lukaku. (4-2-3-1)
Liverpool: Mignolet – Can, Sakho, Skrtel – Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Lallana – Gerrard, Sterling, Coutinho. (3-4-3)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (14 yellow and 1 red card in his last 3 EPL matches)