The international break means that supporters of Everton and Liverpool have had plenty of time to wait for the season’s first Merseyside derby showdown and so there’ll be a huge sense of anticipation surrounding Saturday’s clash at Goodison Park.
Despite enjoying home advantage, the Toffees will kick-off as BetVictor’s 2/1 outsiders to claim the city’s bragging rights until the pair meet again at Anfield at the end of January while the second-placed Reds, who will go top with a victory, are a 6/4 chance at Paddy Power.
Inevitably, as only three points separate the teams, Stan James’s 12/5 chalked against a stalemate will attract a stack of cash and the case for an inconclusive affair is strengthened by the fact that the hosts have lost just once this term and have shared the spoils in five of their eleven matches.
The likely frenetic pace of the contest might lead to a reduction in quality, which lends appeal to a goalless affair at 11/1 with William Hill.
Nevertheless, at 6/1 (bet365) a 1-1 scoreline is considered more likely, understandably when you consider that the attacking quality on show suggests at least a couple of goals, and it’s 17/5 courtesy of BetVictor for any score draw.
Everton and Liverpool to draw 1-1 – 6/1 (bet365)