Five points ahead of neighbours Liverpool with only three games remaining, Everton are 1/4 with Stan James to cling on to sixth spot while the Reds are 11/4 via bet365 to overhaul their rivals and finish in the top six. However, those odds will converge if Brendan Rodgers’s troops can see off the Toffees as the pair face-off in the 220th Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Liverpool haven’t lost to Everton on their own patch since 1999 and aided by home advantage, the Reds are strong favourites for the points at even money courtesy of Stan James. BetVictor price David Moyes’s charges at 33/10 to boost their chances of qualifying for the Europa League and it’s 13/5 (bet365) to finish all square, just as it did in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park in October.
That one ended two-each, a scoreline BetVictor chalk up at 16/1 on this occasion and William Hill offer 5/1 about the pair again being inseparable as each half is brought to a close. However, a combination of the Reds’ 6-0 victory at Newcastle and their superior record in recent derbies, means the hosts attract the bulk of the cash.
Ladbrokes’ 29/10 for Rodgers’s side to shade it by one stands out then, alongside Stan James’s quote of 17/2 for the Reds to register a 2-1 success while Daniel Sturridge, who filled the gap left by Luis Suarez’s suspension in fine fashion by bagging a brace last weekend, is 9/2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock.