Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool (1.90*) seemed like probable champions just a fortnight ago before damaging results against West Ham United and Bournemouth re-established uncertainty regarding their defensive setup. Everton (4.22*) are also in shaky form, which could mean that the derby match on Monday night is likely see plenty of goals. Over 2.5 and 3 goals looks like a good betting opportunity at 2.02*.
Historically, Everton do not play very well in this fixture. They have not beaten their rivals in any of their last 21 meetings with the club, stretching back to a 2-0 win in October 2010, when Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill were the goalscorers.
Liverpool league matches average almost four goals per game, while Everton matches are just short of three goals per game.
Everton went on to finish just four points behind Liverpool that season. However, they have also drawn each of the last four at Goodison Park, where Ronald Koeman’s side have looked largely solid and compact this campaign.
It is hard to predict which way this game will swing, but we are likely to see lots of goals. Everton were easily outmanoeuvred by Watford last weekend as Walter Mazzarri’s side netted three times at Vicarage Road, while Liverpool’s defensive woes are well documented.
Loris Karius continues to make costly errors at the back, which helps to explain why Liverpool league matches average almost four goals per game. Everton matches are just short of three goals per game.
The 2016/17 Premier League season looks set to be break goal scoring records, with weaker defences touted as the key reason. Expansive, attacking football that utilises ball-playing centre-backs is the new vogue in England, leading to the chaotic games characterised most prominently by Klopp’s Liverpool.
Since Everton’s wingers look lethargic when asked to perform defensive duties, Liverpool’s fluid front four should run riot. Meanwhile, more unforced errors from the visitors’ defenders will be pounced upon by the lethal and in-form Romelu Lukaku. Expect another nervy, end-to-end battle on Monday night.
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