Everton vs Liverpool
England - Premier League 2020-2021. Oct 17th.
Closing odds - money line
Everton vs Liverpool 2 - 2
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Blues Bid to Stay Top of the Table
Last season, Liverpool didn't just win the Premier League to the dismay of Everton fans. The Reds totalled 99 points, that's just over double the number achieved by the Blues. It may be early days but as the season resumes, It's Everton who top the Premier League but how long can they stay there?
Everton have made an excellent start to the new season. Four straight league wins and a three point lead at the top of the Premier League, plus a quarter final spot in the Carabao Cup has been their achievements so far this season. For most of the first part of the 2019/20 campaign, Everton were languishing down at the foot of the table. The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has changed all of that.
Another busy transfer window has produced some excellent results. That hasn't always been the case but Ancelotti has managed to get most of his targets. The arrival of Jamie Rodriguez is already paying off for Everton with three goals and two assists. Then there's Dominic Calvert-Lewin who is making the most of the chances he's been getting. Six Premier League goals already and scoring for England too. A bet on him to score in this game has to have a chance of winning.
Just whether Everton can keep up this good form remains to be seen. Any side with Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in form has to be respected. Home form is good too with just one loss in the last 14 league games at Goodison Park. That includes a goalless draw with Liverpool, something that's been happening a lot in recent years.
The last three home league games against Liverpool have all ended 0-0. You have to go back to 2015 for the last time Everton scored a home league goal against the Reds. A goalless draw just looks unthinkable between these two sides at the moment. Can Everton get their first win over Liverpool since 2010? That long wait might just be about to end.
Picking up the Pieces
Liverpool are fifth in the table but only three points behind their opponents. The new season had been going reasonably ok until October arrived. The defending champions had won each of their first three league games, beating Leeds United, Chelsea and Arsenal. They'd also had success in the Carabao Cup with a 7-2 win at Lincoln City, their second win by that scoreline after beating Blackpool in a friendly.
Then October arrived and they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal. A league game at Aston Villa followed and lo and behold, another 7-2 result. This was the shocker though, as it was Villa who won that game as this crazy season continued.
Four league games have seen Liverpool concede 11 goals. Few would expect them to concede one in two games against Chelsea and Arsenal, but see Leeds and Aston Villa put ten past them. The amount of goals being conceded is a worry. If there was an injury crisis, then it could be explained away but there isn't. It took Liverpool until the end of November last season to concede 11 league goals. They do tend to concede in matches but usually it's just one, not three or seven!
They have an impressive record against Everton with no losses in the last 22 league and cup games. A bet on both teams to score looks a great one to place. Everton may be going well but if Brighton can go to Goodison and score twice, surely Liverpool can get on the scoresheet. Four of the last eight games between these two sides have been drawn, that could well come up again this weekend.