The first Merseyside Derby of this season was an edgy affair that was level until stoppage time, at which point the Reds managed to snatch a winner. The 1-1 away draw at Man City prior to the international break will have given them plenty of confidence for this home fixture, but Everton are coming into this game on the back of a 4-0 win over Hull to register a sixth win in nine, so they’ll feel perfectly capable of beating their old foes to potentially move into the top six.
Liverpool struggled at the start of the year, but they’re now unbeaten in four at home, and three of those fixtures were against top-six sides (they beat Arsenal and Spurs and drew against Chelsea). They’ve gone unbeaten overall against top-half sides at Anfield, winning five of the seven they’ve played there, while the Toffees have been weak on the road, winning just two of their last 12 on their travels (and these victories came against Crystal Palace and Leicester). They will be intimidated by the fact that they haven’t won at Anfield since 1999 across all competitions, but they should get a few chances: they’ve scored 17 in their last nine, suggesting that Romelu Lukaku (who has scored nine of those goals) has really hit his straps as the season nears its end.
The relative home and away form of these two sides suggests that Liverpool should come away with this one, but we think that Everton have looked too potent going forward to be denied altogether. Liverpool and Both to Score looks to be where the value lies.
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