GAME of the midweek coupon is at Goodison Park where Everton welcome Liverpool. Tom Love (@TomLove_18) shares his betting thoughts.
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- Everton have seen under 3.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 league games.
- Liverpool are undefeated in their last 10 away matches against Everton in all competitions.
- Everton have lost 5 of their last 6 league matches.
Rafa Benitez is coming under increased pressure at Goodison Park after a dismal run of 5 defeats in their last 6. Ironically the game that could prove the final nail in his coffin is against his old side and fierce rivals Liverpool, they themselves are coming into this on the back of a couple of 4-0 wins in the league.
There’s no debating that Benitez has struggled to field a fully fit squad in the past few months with key men such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Abdoulaye Doucoure missing for large chunks. Doucoure was back in the game against Brentford last week and that is a boost, he adds dynamism and running power going forward as well as a vast array of passing qualities and defensive nous. Richarlison also returns from suspension to hopefully give them a bit more quality in the final third.
Liverpool have just cruised past teams time and time again, they’ve scored 3 or more goals in 5 of their 6 league away games this season and with that sheer firepower and the lack of it from the hosts it’s hard to see anything other than an away win, even if this particular fixture has a penchant for draws.
Liverpool are short enough to back but chuck in the derby factor I think Rafa will be hell bent on trying to at least keep the score down. Taking the away win alongside under 4.5 goals could be a nice way to garner a more palatable price in this derby.
Everton vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win and Under 4.5 Goals (17/20 Coral)