It’s the second Merseyside Derby of the season and aside from BT Sport’s coverage – it should be a cracker.
The sides drew 3-3 at Goodison Park last November but this time there’s more than just bragging rights at stake in the House of Scouse. It’s the first time in years that both side are challenging for a Champions League spot and if there’s a winner tonight they’ll be in the driving seat for that final place.
We’ve had a look where your money is going (5pm, Tuesday night) ahead of one of the biggest games of the season.
Liverpool are (5/6 favs) which given their derby record at home, isn’t surprising. The Reds have won six of the last 11 heads-to-heads in the Premier League while Everton (10/3) haven’t come away from Anfield with three points since 1999. And the money is pouring on the home side to continue their dominance with three times as much cash riding on a Liverpool win rather than an Everton victory.
But Roberto Martinez’s side have only lost one league game on the road this season and that was to the free-scoring and unbeaten Manchester City (3-1).
The Toffees may have drawn five of the last 11 head-to-head clashes in this fixture but they can’t afford to give Liverpool a soft lead.
The red half of Merseyside have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League games at Anfield (v Southampton), banging in 12 wins in that time.
You’d have to be Joe Kinnear not to realise the effect Luis Surez and Daniel Sturridge are having on Liverpool’s season. Suarez’s failure to get on the scoresheet in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa was the first time in eight league games at Anfield that the Uruguayan had failed to hit the onion sack.
With almost half his 22 Premier League goals coming in front of the Kop, Suarez at 13/5 to get the first goal of the game is hoovering up most of the cash.
Strike partner Daniel Sturridge has two goals in two league games since his return from injury and the 9/2 about the England international hitting the net first is proving popular while the 25/1 on Martin Skrtel has been nibbled at.
After the 3-3 thriller at Goodison Park, a 4-4 draw is the biggest loser at the moment in Paddy’s book at 175/1 while the biggest number of bets have been placed on a 2-2 draw at 11/1. Otherwise, it’s all one-way traffic for a Liverpool win with big scorelines 5-3 (150/1); 4-3 (70/1) and 3-1 (11/1) threatening to do some serious damage in the Tuesday night fixture.
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