Liverpool FC vs Everton FC

 Liverpool Odds Against Everton

A 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday ensured Liverpool’s gap over Manchester City increased to 11 points. What looked like a comfortable 2-0 result for Liverpool quickly changed after Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was sent off for handball.  

The subsequent free-kick was scored by Lewis Dunk and set up the last 15 minutes of the game as a tense atmosphere for Liverpool fans who feared to lose their 2-0 lead and also to lose their opportunity to capitalize on Manchester City’s earlier 2-2 result against Newcastle United. 

Liverpool has equaled a club record 31 league games unbeaten and has the third-longest unbeaten streak in Premier League history; behind Chelsea’s 40 games unbeaten and Arsenal’s 49 games unbeaten which involved their ‘Invincibles’ team. 

Liverpool now hosts bitter rivals Everton next Wednesday in the first Merseyside Derby of the 2019/20 Premier League season. The talent disparity between the two Merseyside clubs is as big as you can remember in the last 15 years. Everton sits 17th in the league after just four wins all season and just 13 goals scored.  

Despite another summer of spending on the likes of Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi; Everton has yet again grossly under-achieved. Manager Marco Silva is in danger of losing his job and has the team just two points above the relegation zone. 

Everton conceded yet another 90th-minute goal in their crushing 2-1 loss to Leicester City. Everton was on the verge of a valuable point against one of the best teams in the league before Kelechi Iheanacho’s winner which may have cost Marco Silva his job. 

Liverpool’s form against Everton in recent years demonstrates that Everton has next to zero chance of getting a result. Everton last beat Liverpool in the league in October 2010 and has been second-best ever since. 

 How the Loss of Fabinho Affects the Liverpool Odds

In their last six Premier League meetings, Liverpool has beaten Everton four times and drawn twice. Their last meeting at Anfield was a 1-0 win over Everton in December 2018. 

Sportsbooks’ therefore has odds on a Liverpool win opening at -250, making them favorites in the first Merseyside derby of the season. Everton’s odds of a win at Anfield open at +600. Odds on a tie between the two teams open at +375. 

Liverpool’s anchor in midfield, Fabinho has been ruled out since the new year with knee ligament injuries suffered in their Champions League draw against Napoli last week. 

Fabinho has proven himself to be one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe over the past year and a half and his absence from the team in such an important period of the season will be felt despite the depth Liverpool contain in midfield. 

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson filled in for Fabinho in Liverpool’s win today against Brighton and did an admirable job. However, Fabinho’s ability to sniff out danger, drive with the ball and play in the forwards behind are attributes that no other Liverpool midfielder possesses to the level of Fabinho.  

Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures mean that the absence of Fabinho shouldn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things and on Wednesday against Everton, Liverpool has an opportunity to have bragging rights in Merseyside once again.