Goodison Park is all set to host the first Liverpool derby of the 2016/17 season and 227th in overall history. It is Liverpool FC, who is the dominant of the two city rivals in terms of derby wins and overall achievements in competitions in recent seasons. And it remained to be seen if they can live up to the expectation here or Everton under the new management of Ronald Koeman can pull out a mini upset.
The Dutch boss believes that it is not an impossible task to get a win against Liverpool, who had also lost against Bournemouth and held to a draw by Southampton in two consecutive away games. Everton are a team who have a good account of themselves at the Goodison Park. And unlike previous seasons, they do have the better chance to end a longstanding 12 match win-less run against the Reds.
The Toffees are unbeaten at home in the Premier League season with 4 wins and 4 draws from their 8 matches so far. And they will be in full of confidence after coming back from a goal down to beat Arsenal at the Goodison Park on Tuesday.
Liverpool are on red hot form at the moment and must be considered as serious title contenders. Jurgen Klopp’s team is the most lethal attacking unit in Premier League and tops the goal-scoring chart with 40 goals to their name. They were equally dangerous in both home and away games in the earlier part of the season. However, there is a slight dip in their away form in recent weeks. However they bounce backed with a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough on the midweek after the 4-3 loss at Bournemouth in their previous away game.
Everton vs Liverpool: Head-to-head stats
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 12 matches against Everton in all competitions, 11 of which are in the English Premier League. The majority of the games were draws, precisely 7, while the Reds won 5.
Everton’s last win over Liverpool can be dated back to 2010/11 season, at the Goodison Park. However, the latest 4 are draws with Liverpool winning 1 during the period. Going down the lane, it might look worse for Everton as they were only been able to register 3 home wins in 19 matches, while Liverpool won 9 alongside 7 draws.
Everton vs Liverpool: Predictions
Judging by the meetings between the two in past three seasons, this will be a fierce battle. This could be intense as both teams are in exceptional form. It is hard to separate the teams on paper, but goals are guaranteed on each end as Everton have scored in every home match this season and Liverpool in 7 of their 9 away matches. So both teams to score is our main pick for this match.
The last 4 derbies at Goodison Park have seen a minimum of 6 yellow cards. So our secondary tip for this match is to bet for the match to finish with over 5.5 cards at the end of 90 minutes.