Liverpool vs Everton Soccer Predictions and Betting : The UEFA Nations League have given all the other leagues a short break with the Premier League returning to action on Saturday. The first of the matches on the weekend is between the underdogs Everton taking on the reigning Premier League title champions Liverpool in a home clash.
While Everton have looked in solid touch coming after a brief summer break, Liverpool are in still in search of that extra gear that they have found for the last two years. With so many surprise wins and shocking defeats in the initial games, we can never write off a team like Everton or consider the reds as the hot favorites.
Liverpool vs Everton Soccer Predictions and Betting Tips
Liverpool vs Everton Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent Form
Everton have always been an underwhelming performing team with a few surprises here and there. 2019 was no exception as they were able to only afford a 12th place finish in the premier league. The FA Cup didn’t yield any better result as they lost to Liverpool in the 3rd round.
The EFL Cup saw them reaching the quarters but couldn’t go beyond that. But the 2020 season has been an unlikely season for them with a great start and momentum that has raised a lot of eyebrows.
Looking at their recent form, they are on a 10-match unbeaten streak with their last defeat coming against Bournemouth in August. They have also had a beautiful start to their premier league season with wins against Spurs, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton that has enabled them to sit pretty on top of the table.
Looking at the way they have played, it seems that they are a real threat to even the biggest clubs. They have so far scored 23 goals in the last six outings amounting to 3.83 per game.
Even though Liverpool wasn’t able to defend their UCL title, they made no mistake in England and dominated the premier league to win it comfortably. They were out of contention in the FA Cup after fifth round and lost to Arsenal in the FA Community Shield in penalties.
The team under Jurgen Klopp has looked a little sloppy coming into the season and are looking to reignite the fire in the side. In the last 6 games, Liverpool have won 4 games, drew one and lost another. They faced humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa in their last outing when their defense conceded 7 goals in 90 minutes.
They are currently at 5th in the table and would be itching to move up with a win on Saturday.
Liverpool vs Everton Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Last 5 matches: Everton – 0, Liverpool – 3, Draw - 2
Recent Meeting: Everton held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw on 21st June 2020 in a premier league fixture.
Liverpool vs Everton Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The home team is expected to field a 4-3-3 formation for the game that will help them defend well as well as gives sufficient for their attack. The defending champions will come in with a 4-3-3 combination hoping for a triumph over the weekend.
The Everton attack led by James Rodriguez will have to do an exceptional job to force a win against the giants. Rodriguez has scored 3 goals and involved in 2 assists in 4 outings so far. He has been a trump card for the side who has 87% pass rate along with 2.5 shots on target and 3 key passes per game so far.
He will be accompanied by Calvert-Lewin who has been in hot form with 6 goals in 4 games and has 72.1% pass success. Apart from this, he also enjoys 3.8 tackles and 0.6 dribbles per game so far.
This duo will be accompanied by Richarlison who is yet to make an impact but will have to up his game against Liverpool.
Liverpool’s attack is one of the best in the premier league but has misfired in the last couple of games. Sadio Mane has been sharp and the game changer for the team in the recent games but will most likely come back after he contracted Corona virus. He has 3 goals in 3 matches along with 83.5% pass success and 4.3 shots per game.
He will be joined by one of the best strikers Mo Salah who single-handedly saved some grace against Aston Villa with two goals. He has 5.7 shots per game along with 80% success and 5 goals in 4 games. He also creates 3.5 key passes and 3 dribbles per game that will definitely rattle the defense.
Firmino has been amazing in the previous games with 2 assists so far but will be looking to open his account in premier league on Saturday.
After a terrible outing against Aston Villa, the Liverpool defense have posed themselves several questions which they will have to answer on Saturday.
Virgil Van Dijk will be the leader of the pack and is one of the best in business. He enjoys 87.1% pass success along with 2.1 clears and 0.4 tackles per game recently. He not only defends but occasionally scores an important brace for the reds.
Joseph Gomez has got a beautiful opportunity to prove himself in place of Thiago Alcantara. He is incredibly good in aerial duels along with sharp passing skills. He has 90% success in passes, 2.4 aerials won per game and 3.2 clears per game which is often under appreciated.
Andrew Robertson will most probably play as the left back defender for the team who holds on to the ball pretty well and frustrates the opponent’s attack. He has 83.9% pass completion rate along with a goal, an assist and 2 clears in the last 12 appearances.
The Everton defense has the services of Coleman, Mina, Keane and Digne.
Yerry Mina who plays as the center back is a regular in the side with 93.4% pass success and a brace against Brighton. The defensive numbers look astounding with 0.8 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 4.5 clears per game so far.
Michael Keane is also a versatile player who has 92.6% pass completion rate along with 1.3 interceptions and 4.3 clears per game. Surprisingly, he has also scored twice in the last two games that gives enough for Everton to play with.
Everton vs Liverpool prediction and betting analysis:
The game between Everton and Liverpool will take place on 17th October in Goodison Park at 1.30 pm local time. Even though the betting platforms have predicted a comfortable win for the reds, the hosts are given decent odds meaning that they are not out of contention to take this. Everton will look to play their natural whereas Liverpool are expected to press from the start.