Both Liverpool and Everton head into Saturday’s Merseyside derby in desperate need of a pick-me-up after recent Premier League disappointments but it’s the Reds that bookies fancy to get back on track, BetVictor installing them as 10/11 favourites to send their neighbours back across Stanley Park empty-handed.
The Toffees are Stan James’s 3/1 outsiders to pick up a rare triumph at Anfield, exactly 15 years to the day since their last but as three of the pair’s last four meetings have ended all square, there’s likely to be plenty of neutral cash for the stalemate at 11/4 via bet365.
However the Reds’ home advantage could prove crucial in this one, alongside Everton’s leaky rearguard and the hosts should have the edge.
Stan James meanwhile, quote odds of 14/5 for Rodgers’s charges to prevail by a one-goal margin, it’s 5/1 (Paddy Power) for maverick Italian striker Mario Balotelli to break the deadlock and at the other end, bet365 make Romelu Lukaku 2/1 to notch at any stage.
Liverpool to beat Everton by a one-goal margin – 14/5 (Stan James)