Everton hosts Liverpool in the English Premier League at Goodison Park on Wednesday. The Merseyside derby sees Rafa Benitez face the red half of the city with his side in dire form and desperate for a result. Liverpool was playing some superb football and are scoring goals for fun. Everton won at Anfield in February to end a 23-match unbeaten run against The Reds.
The Toffees are winless in seven matches with five of those ending in defeat. Benitez has overseen 13 points (W4, D1, L1) in his first six in charge but injuries and a predictable style of play have seen his side plummet down the table.
Their last six matches have seen four defeats to nil as injuries have hit the side’s attack and proven crippling. Having led 2-1 after 77 minutes, they lost 5-2 at home to Watford and barely mustered an attempt in losing 3-0 at Man City (0.27 xG produced). Their most recent match saw a 1-0 home at Brentford with a paltry 0.97 xG created.
Everton Team News
Tom Davies and Andre Gomes look set to miss out in midfield with injuries but at least Abdoulaye Doucouré was fit to return at Brentford. Mason Holgate is still suspended in defence and Yerry Mina is injured in that department too.
Upfront, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still a couple of weeks from returning from injury but Richarlison is back from suspension (five yellow cards) and will start. The question is whether he leads the line or whether he plays in support of Salomon Rondon.
Benitez plays a very regimented style of play without much high pressing or risk-taking. He would certainly take a draw from this match and is probably going to play for one from the start.
It’s a big match for the coach and he will want to avoid defeat. If losing, he may be more concerned with damage limitation than chasing a result.
Liverpool is in outstanding form with one defeat in 29 matches and one loss in 22 in the league. They have scored two or more goals in their last 10 Premier League clashes. No other side has netted in every league match this season.
Since a shock 3-2 defeat at West Ham, Liverpool has looked imperious. They beat Arsenal 4-0 and then cruised 2-0 past Porto with a weakened side. Their last match saw a 4-0 thrashing of Southampton. It could have been more as the fourth went in after 52 minutes before they eased off.
Liverpool Team News
The Reds are without five players for this match. Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Elliott are absent in midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing to start in the engine room if Jordan Henderson needs a breather.
Joel Matip should return at centre back to replace Ibrahima Konate but the rest of Liverpool’s side is expected to be unchanged from the weekend for this big match. Roberto Firmino is still injured up front and Joe Gomez is absent in defence.
This match will see Liverpool extremely motivated. They will not settle for anything less than three points and will attack and press to their full extent.
The full focus will be on this match with the Wolves trip over the weekend not entering the thoughts of the players or coach.
Everton have lost 5 of their last 6 PL matches
Everton have lost to nil in 4 of their last 6 PL matches
The Toffees have conceded 11 goals in their last 5 matches
5 of the last 8 meetings between these sides have seen under 2.5 goals
Liverpool has lost 1 of their last 24 matches vs Everton in all competitions (W11, D12).
Liverpool have lost 1 of their last 28 matches
LFC have scored 2+ goals in each of their last 10 PL matches
Liverpool have scored in every PL match this season
This looks like a Liverpool win. They are simply playing so much better than Everton but you can never discount a Benitez defensive masterclass.
Best Bet: Liverpool win to nil at 2.40
Multiple Suggestion: Liverpool win/draw double chance + under 3.5 goals at 1.74
Correct Score Tip: Everton 0-2 Liverpool at 7.75