By: Fasika Zelealem
Liverpool Odds Preview Against Everton
Liverpool would have already been crowned Premier League champions if the league had not been suspended, you know, probably. However, the Premier League is back, and Liverpool can continue their quest on their long-awaited league triumph.
Liverpool takes on Everton in both clubs’ first games back since the restart of the league and what better way to kick off the first round of games than a Merseyside derby.
Liverpool is a team that may have benefitted from the suspension of the league. The last few games Liverpool played before the league halted were littered with inconsistent and underwhelming performances.
A 3-2 win over relegation candidates West Ham United worried fans as the league leaders conceded two goals in one game for the first time since their 5-2 win over Everton in December. A stunning 3-0 loss to Watford ended Liverpool’s incredible 27-game unbeaten streak and dismissed any ideas of an invincible season.
A 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup ended dreams of a league and cup double as well as getting knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Atletico Madrid following a 3-2 defeat in extra-time at home.
An extended break mentally and physically could prove to be refreshing to a team that’s been under the spotlight since day one.
The same could be said for Everton; not the spotlight thing, that’s preposterous, but the club was on a downward spiral nearing the suspension of the league after initial good form under Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian managed five wins in his first eight Premier League games before a 3-2 loss to Arsenal and a 4-0 loss to Everton sandwiched by a 1-1 home draw with Manchester United.
Will Liverpool Ever Lose to Everton?
The recent record between the two clubs is both incredible and embarrassing at the same time. Liverpool has not lost a game against Everton in all competitions since 2010. Everton’s last win came in October of that year in a 2-0 home win. Everton has also not won a game against Liverpool on the road in all competitions since 1999.
I was five months old when Everton last secured a win at Anfield, terrible, isn’t it? While there has been a lot of draws in recent years between the two teams, Liverpool has started ramping up the wins with two already this season with a 5-2 league win in December as well as a 1-0 home win in the FA Cup in December.
Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool going one step further to the title opens at -188, while odds on Everton derailing the trophy parade for another week with a win opens at +450. Odds on a tie open at +333.
With Manchester City’s win over Arsenal in midweek, that means Liverpool cannot mathematically win the title with a win over Everton, however, it does increase their chances of winning it at Anfield, albeit without fans.