It’s a well-worn cliché that the formbook goes out of the window in a derby match but it’s nevertheless fair to say that solving the conundrum of a Merseyside showdown is rarely straightforward. The bad news for punters is that Sunday’s contest looks even tougher than usual to call and indeed a solid case can be made for both teams ahead of the Goodison Park clash.
Bookies are also having difficulty deciding between the two with some firms unable to separate them. BetVictor price Everton at as high as 17/10, presumably because Liverpool have a psychological edge in light of results in recent meetings and the Toffees could be without several key men in midfield. However, Liverpool are available at a slightly chunkier 19/10, this time with William Hill, who tentatively lend more weight to the Blues’ home advantage and superior start to the season.
If bookmakers are scratching their heads then it’s safe to assume that punters are too so bet365 can expect plenty of trade for the 23/10 they chalk against the draw and similarly Skybet’s 10/1 for the match to be goalless is also set to attract cash. Alternatively, for those expecting both sets of supporters to have at least a goal to cheer (4/6, Skybet), William Hill quote odds of 6/1 for a 1-1 stalemate.
Nevertheless, Liverpool won last term’s corresponding fixture 2-0, albeit after Everton had been harshly reduced to ten men in the early stages and they tend to enjoy the upper hand in these fixtures so it’s better to side with the Red half of Merseyside. Punters in agreement can pick between a 1-0 success for Brendan Rodgers’ troops at 9/1 (Stan James) and Ladbrokes mark 7/2 against an away triumph by a one-goal margin.
Liverpool to beat Everton by one – 7/2 (Ladbrokes)