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Price Boosts: Two top strikers enhanced for Merseyside derby

| 07.02.2015

With a late Phil Jagielka goal snatching a draw against Liverpool the last time they met their neighbours from across Stanley Park, the onus will be on Brendan Rodgers side to get (another) one over Everton in the latest Merseyside derby.

Channelling the passion into productive football is the challenge that both sides face in the contest at Goodison Park, but with two star strikers in their ranks, goals could be on the agenda in this historic fixture.

And with one player on a comeback trail from injury and another looking to lift his club out of the mire, Ladbrokes are offering a pair of fantastic price boosts:

The pair have certainly been reliable in the past to get one over on their local rivals, with Sturridge scoring three goals in three Merseyside Derbies, while the Belgian has two in the same number of games.

Liverpool’s leading man at the spearhead of their attacking intent made an instant impact when returning from a long-term injury, bagging the Reds final goal in their 2-0 victory over West Ham last week.

Similarly, Lukaku is in decent form for the Toffees.

Topping the goalscoring charts for the blue half of the City with seven Premier League goals to his name this season, he will be the man primed with helping Roberto Martinez’s men avoid a relegation scrap.

What makes it more tempting to back the Everton man is the make-up of his goals.

Of the seven top-flight goals he’s scored this season, five have been the first of the match, so backing the number 10 to open the scoring could be a shrewd move.

Whoever breaks the deadlock, there’s one thing we can be sure off and that’s two sets of players desperately scrapping it out to ensure they secure that all-important local pride.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.