Betting preview: Everton vs Liverpool - Reds can take revenge on Rafa’s strugglers

The Toffees took four points off Jurgen Klopp’s side last season but expect the usual balance of power to be restored in Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby.

Liverpool's rocky title defence last season was summed up by their games against Everton.

The 2-2 draw at Goodison saw Virgil van Dijk crocked for the season and Thiago Alcantara sidelined for two-and-a-half months while Sadio Mane's late 'winner' was controversially ruled out for offside.

Later in the season when Liverpool were suffering a terrible run of results at Anfield after Christmas, Everton were one of the sides who went there and helped themselves to victory.

It was the first time the Blues had beaten the Reds at Anfield since 1999 and their first derby win anywhere since 2010.

When: Wednesday, December 01, 20.15 GMT

Where: Goodison Park

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Best bets for Everton vs Liverpool

Liverpool-Liverpool Half-Time Full-Time at 21/20

Diogo Jota to score first goal at 4/1

Andy Robertson to assist at 3/1

Full credit to Everton for sensing Liverpool were there for the taking last year and ending their Anfield hoodoo.

But as the two local rivals prepare to lock horns for the first time since February, the chasm has opened up again.

The current table shows Liverpool 13 points clear of Everton after 13 games and with a superior goal difference of +32 (Liverpool +28, Everton -4).

It gets even worse for the hosts when looking at a form guide showing the last six results.

Everton are rock bottom of that, having managed just one point out of the last 18, a 0-0 draw at home against a toothless Tottenham.

Rafa Benitez is struggling at Everton

The Toffees have managed just three goals to Liverpool's 17 in that six-game run and that's a huge problem.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin can't come back quickly enough but he won't be ready in time for Wednesday night.

As for their rivals, a look at the Premier League's top goalscorer charts shows three Liverpool players in the top four!

And then, of course, there's the Rafa Benitez factor. Still loved by Liverpool fans but his stock at Everton is nearing rock bottom.

Last three meetings

Liverpool 0-2 Everton (February 20, 2021)

Liverpool were rocking after three successive home defeats to BurnleyBrighton and Manchester City. There would be two more after Everton became the fourth side to leave with all three points.

Richarlison put the visitors in front after just three minutes when being set up by James Rodriguez but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had to be at his best to keep Liverpool at bay.

Everton got the win they craved when Calvert-Lewin was fouled in the box and Gylfi Sigurdsson fired home the penalty seven minutes from time to give the Toffees a first derby win in 24 attempts.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool (October 17, 2020)

In a dramatic and highly-eventful early-season Merseyside derby, Everton fought back to claim a draw that left them three points clear at the top of the table.

Mane gave Liverpool the lead after just three minutes before Pickford's wild lunge at Van Dijk ended the Dutchman's afternoon and, as it emerged later, his season too.

Michael Keane headed home a 19th-minute corner to level at 1-1 before Mo Salah volleyed home after 72 to put the Reds on course for the win.

But there were further twists. Calvert-Lewin headed home a superb equaliser on 81, Richarlison was sent off for a reckless challenge on Thiago and Mane's injury-time strike was ruled out after a lengthy wait for a VAR decision.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool (June 21, 2020)

After the pandemic caused the Premier League to shut down for over 100 days, rust was clearly a factor as the two sides played out a bland 0-0 draw at an empty Goodison.

Liverpool went into the game on the brink of title glory after an astonishing run of results and ended the contest 23 points clear with eight games to play.

But here they were just glad to escape with a point as Everton went closest to the win when Calvert-Lewin's flick was kept out by Alisson before Tom Davies hit the post with a follow-up effort.

Past 10 meetings

Liverpool wins: 4

Draws: 5

Everton wins: 1

Liverpool goals: 12

Everton: 8

Klopp can improve derby record

Despite the perception that Liverpool dominate derbies, even before last year's defeat at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's side had managed only four wins in the previous nine.

Draws have been the dominant result in the last 10 meetings in league and cup and four of those five have come at Goodison.

In other words, the Reds have often been kept in check when making the short trip across Stanley Park.

But it's hard not to think that the deck is heavily stacked in Liverpool's favour this time.

Liverpool are often quick out of the blocks

Let's not forget that Klopp once had a poor record at Old Trafford. But when Manchester United were wobbling ahead of this season's visit, Liverpool were absolutely ruthless.

Of course, Benitez is far better at setting a team up to defend than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but, even so, everything looks to be going against the former Anfield manager.

In addition, the anti-Rafa feeling at Goodison is growing and that could spell big trouble for Everton if the home crowd really turn on their side.

Liverpool are just 2/5 with PlanetSportBet to get the win so no prizes for tipping that. The draw is 15/4, while Everton are 6/1.

However, backing Liverpool-Liverpool in the Half-Time Full-Time market does look worth a bet given that it's an odds-against price at 21/20.

Liverpool have been ahead at the break in all eight of their Premier League wins this season so they're proven fast starters.

Goalscorer bets for Everton vs Liverpool

As mentioned, Liverpool's front players are in superb form.

Salah is the Premier League's top scorer with 11, while Mane and Diogo Jota have seven each.

So, who do you mark?!

Southampton kept Salah and Mane at bay at the weekend but that wasn't good enough as Jota popped up to score the first two goals.

Diogo Jota can get the opening goal

The Portuguese has eight in his last 11 Premier League games (across this season and last) and seems to get his eye in early.

He's scored inside the first 15 minutes in three of Liverpool's last six matches in all competitions so I'll back him for first goalscorer at 4/1.

We landed the 6/4 about a Trent Alexander-Arnold assist against Southampton and this time I'm going to switch flanks and go for Andy Robertson.

The roving Robertson set up Jota's opener against Southampton and is 3/1 for another assist on Wednesday night.

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