Different motivations in Merseyside derby
Cape Town - Everton and Liverpool enter the Merseyside derby in contrasting form.
For Everton, this could be the biggest game of the
season, but for Liverpool, it isn't even the biggest game of the week.
past few years, this match-up has been tightly contested, but Liverpool are the
outright favourites for this derby.
Liverpool: Played 32, Points 66
Everton: Played 32, Points 40
When talking about Liverpool, you have to
mention the Egyptian sensation Mo Salah. He has scored in 21 of the 31 games,
equalling Robin van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. This type of form
speaks for itself and makes him the favourite to score the first goal (2.95),
but punters will need to exercise caution with Salah under an injury cloud. Coach Jurgen Klopp
has also shored up the Liverpool defence with the record signing of Virgil van
Dijk. Since arriving to the club, he has added much needed composure to the
With the Premier League top four sealed, Klopp
could be tempted to weaken his team selection in preparation for the massive
Champions League fixture against rivals Manchester city. Opening up the chance
for a shock upset. Everton could possibly produce a performance worthy of
beating a weakened Liverpool as they have scored in their last 8 out of 9 games
and could use the derby to finish the season on a high.
Leading SA bookies BET.co.za have installed Liverpool
as 0.65 favourites, with Everton on offer at 3.80 while the draw can be backed
Kick-off is at 13:30 on Saturday.