It’s time for the first Merseyside derby of the season, together with Chelsea v Man Utd, Newcastle v West Brom & Southampton v Tottenham, as Bet365 announce a new free bets offer and report plenty of support for Steven Gerrard in the first goalscorer betting markets Everton host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
These matches are always competitive, entertaining and played in front of a passionate crowd. This one will be no different with both sets of fans looking to have bragging rights over the next few months.
Looking at how these two have started the new season, it is Everton that are in better form. David Moyes’ men sit 4th going into this weekend after just one defeat in the league so far.
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From the moment they beat Manchester United on the opening weekend, the Toffees have meant business. They have an excellent, well drilled starting eleven and despite drawing their last two, they go into this one in good spirits.
Everton are due a win in this fixture too as they have only emerged victorious once since 2006. Then, in last year’s two Merseyside derbies, Liverpool scored five and Everton failed to respond.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will hope to keep up this impressive record in his first local derby against Everton. If some fans are still not convinced by his methods, a victory over Everton would certainly help matters.
There are signs of improvement for the Reds too. They have won their last two games 1-0 and have only lost one of their last five games in the league. However, they still need to raise their game and 12th in the table isn’t anywhere near good enough for a club of their stature.
Overall, this should be a cracking match and each team will want their big players to step up and be counted, however David Moyes will have to do without his two main playmakers in midfield, as Steven Pienaar is suspended and Marouane Fellaini is struggling with a knock.
Everton will turn to the likes of Nikica Jelavic, while for Liverpool it is all about Steven Gerrard and his leadership.
The Liverpool captain has a superb goalscoring record in these games and at 9/1 with Bet365 to find the net is surely the value bet.
This fixture is all about new heroes being created too, and we should be set for a cracking encounter. It is a very special match in English football and it gets underway from 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon.