Everton v Liverpool: Reds’ habit of scoring twice to end long run
Honours have been split fairly evenly in the last few meetings between these city foes, though Everton’s inability to find the net of late and an astonishing pattern of Liverpool scoring exactly twice when crossing Stanley Park, point to a happy away day for the Reds.
Only Manchester City have beaten Roberto Martinez’s side so far in the Premier League this season, which is an impressive start to the Spaniard’s tenure, whose previous side Wigan represent the only team to have beaten the Toffees at Goodison in 2013.
Despite this fact, Everton are still marginal outsiders to win the contest at 9/5, while Brendan Rodgers’ visitors are 6/4 to escape with the spoils and the draw is 23/10.
Considering Everton’s long unbeaten record, these prices may appear to be the wrong way around, though Liverpool have fine form of their own to bring to the table.
Only once (two seasons ago) have Liverpool lost a Merseyside derby at either Goodison Park or Anfield out of the last 13 contested between the famous rivals.
What’s more the visitor’s own bright start to the season eclipses Everton’s, as the Reds know a win will lift them back to the top of the Premier League table, if only for a few hours until leaders Arsenal have played Southampton.
Meanwhile, both in their time jousting in the Championship and indeed when Rodgers faced Martinez’s Wigan in the Premier League with Swansea, the Spaniard has emerged on the losing side five out of six times, with the other result being a draw.
Last season Liverpool felt aggrieved to only gain a point at Goodison in controversial circumstances, but the 2-2 actually continued the Reds’ strong trend of notching twice when visiting Everton, as they have in five of the last six seasons.
If they grab over 1.5 goals again – at 13/10 with Ladbrokes – it should be enough to end Everton’s proud run, as the Toffees have fired blanks in four of their 11 and in two consecutive Premier League games this term.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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