Liverpool v Everton Betting Tips – 5th January 2018
The FA Cup third round is always one of the most highly anticipated weekends in the footballing calendar. The draw for this year’s third round has not let us down and it all begins with a Merseyside derby under the lights at Anfield.
Everton head into Friday night’s game on the back of a four game winless run. The Toffees may have eased away from the relegation zone under Sam Allardyce’s stewardship but the locals are still unconvinced that his approach is right for the club in the long term.
Things are generally going much better at Liverpool especially now that Virgil van Dijk has joined to shore up their defence. The fans who will pack into Anfield on Friday are optimistic about the future of the club as the team tries to deliver the first trophy of Jurgen Klopp’s time in charge.
Everton Fans to Feel Derby Day Frustration
The most concerning stat for Everton fans ahead of the derby is the fact that the Toffees have not got the better of Liverpool since October 2010.
It looked for all the world as though Everton were heading for another defeat when the two teams met in the Premier League less than a month ago but they were saved by a late Wayne Rooney penalty.
Jurgen Klopp lost his temper with the officials and the media after that match, insisting that it was a soft penalty which did not deserve to decide the outcome of a game which Liverpool dominated.
For Sam Allardyce, that 1-1 draw was vindication of the defensive approach he took to the match. Although Everton fans have been unhappy with similarly defensive performances since, Allardyce will surely be employing safety first tactics at Anfield once again.
The question is, will Everton get lucky again? We think not.
Everton were poor against Man Utd on New Year’s Day, only really threatening for a 10 minute spell. If Liverpool can weather the attacking Everton storm when it comes, they should have enough about them to progress to the fourth round.
Not only is the FA Cup a realistic target for Liverpool, they’ll be out to avenge the recent draw by taking the game out of Everton’s reach as early as possible.
Therefore, we recommend betting on Liverpool to win at 9/20 with Betway.
We also think Liverpool scoring over 1.5 first half goals to put the game beyond doubt is worth a smaller stakes bet at 49/20 with Winner.
Expect More Drama Under the Friday Night Lights
The Merseyside derby isn’t just a massive match for the locals, it’s a fixture watched avidly around the world because it rarely fails to entertain.
No fixture in Premier League history has produced more red cards than this and the history of the derby includes some wonderful FA Cup encounters.
Although Allardyce will tell his players to keep things tight, he’ll be expecting a certain amount of commitment which means he’ll likely start with James McCarthy and Idrissa Gueye in midfield.
They’ll keep tabs on the Liverpool midfield but it’s the home side’s wide players who could make the difference. Mo Salah, in particular, has been lethal from wide positions and he looks the man to back to score first at 10/3 with William Hill.
To try and capitalise on another dramatic Merseyside derby, we like the look of a bet on a penalty being awarded at 12/5 with Paddy Power while both teams to score could pay out at 10/11 with Sportingbet.
Finally, take the 20/21 that Marathonbet are quoting on the game’s first goal coming inside the opening 25 minutes.