Liverpool v Everton Betting Predictions | Back Home at 23/10 with CoralPublished March 29, 2017
Liverpool and Everton games are always incredibly well contested games, but the record books would tell you otherwise, at Anfield at least. The Reds have not lost to the Toffees in the last 18 games on their home patch, and despite Ronald Koeman creating something special at Everton, we don’t think that run will end this weekend.
It has been said many times that Liverpool are a Jekyll and Hyde team, but they should be at their best in this game if the form books tells us anything. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten against sides in the top six of the Premier League betting games and generally fair well against teams in the top ten. Their issues have come against teams fighting for their lives, who attempt to frustrate the dynamic Reds attack by sitting deep and absorbing pressure.
It is not in Koeman’s make up to do that, and Everton themselves should have a lot of confidence coming into this one. They’ve lost just one of their last 12 games, but that one came away at Tottenham, a side who play with similar principles to Liverpool. The hosts have the second best attack in the Premier League this season, with 61 goals, meaning Everton cannot push on too much.
In terms of the midfield battle, particularly in the lines between the centre of the pitch and Everton’s attacking third, the visitors should find a lot of joy. While Liverpool’s midfield three is excellent at controlling games, they are often left exposed and succumb to counter attacks very easily. Few players are better at running powerfully with the ball at their feet than Ross Barkley, and in behind Emre Can, with Jordan Henderson still looking unlikely to play, he’ll have a free run at a defence with a high line and lots of space to penetrate or use to pick a pass to find Romelu Lukaku, who is in red hot form having netted 21 times this season.
Barkley starts out wide and cuts in, creating confusion between defence and midfield. He will find the space, so it is crucial Liverpool are on their guard at all time. Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin will afford him the freedom to push on, but it is also vital Nathaniel Clyne occupies him defensively.
Liverpool will look to put pressure on the Everton right-back with it not being Seamus Coleman after his horrific leg break for the Republic of Ireland. Similarly to Barkley, Philippe Coutinho finds those areas and cuts inside, but is more effective with his passing and close control than forward running. Klopp will want his players to play fast passes across the ground because of the height of Ashley Williams, but with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Coutinho in attack, they should get in behind Everton as they have previous opponents at Anfield. That should win them this game.