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Liverpool vs Everton Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

In a sentence: Just because Christmas is over, it doesn’t mean the festive fun stops as Liverpool host Everton in an FA Cup Merseyside derby.

Last time: Everton put in a dogged performance at Anfield in December, with a Wayne Rooney penalty cancelling out Mohamed Salah’s opener. That game ended a run of three straight Liverpool wins in this fixture, with six draws in seven before that.

This time: Liverpool are 4/9 for the win, while Everton are 7/1 and the draw is 19/5.

You might remember: Sadio Mane’s winner at Goodison right at the death last season, Dan Gosling’s extra-time winner in the FA Cup in 2009, Steven Gerrard’s hat-trick a few years later and a first all-Merseyside final in this competition in 1986. There’s been the odd red card and moment of controversy in this fixture too, not least Robbie Fowler’s infamous goal celebration on all fours.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

After a first defeat under Allardyce was quickly followed by a second against Manchester United on Monday, a victory over their great rivals would be the perfect tonic for Everton supporters. Liverpool meanwhile will look at the FA Cup as a great chance to win some silverware this season, and deliver a first trophy under Klopp.

Liverpool are 4/9 to progress in this one, and make it four wins on the bounce in all competitions. Despite the concerns over star men Salah and Coutinho, the hosts have plenty of strength going forward and will hope to be sharper in front of goal compared to when the teams met last month. Ragnar Klavan scored the injury time winner at Burnley on New Year’s Day, but his place in the team is at risk with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, who could make his debut.

Everton are 7/1 to improve on the draw they took back across Stanley Park a few weeks ago. Allardyce could take the opportunity to rotate a few players after a hectic festive schedule, which would give the manager a chance to have a look at some of his fringe players. It’s doubtful there’ll be wholesale changes though, with so much importance riding on any game between these two.

The draw after 90 minutes is priced at 19/5, which is a bet that would’ve paid out in two of the last three FA Cup meetings between the teams. With no replays at this stage, you can choose to back either side to progress to the next round via extra-time or penalties. The odds on Liverpool shorten to 3/14 for this, while it’s 21/5 for the Toffees.

Roberto Firmino is 13/10 to score anytime, and he looks a good bet considering the players that could be absent for the Reds. The Brazilian has 16 goals in all competition already this season, and is 4/1 to bag the first goal of the game.

Rooney is 21/2 for the same bet. He’s the favourite to do so for Everton, with the bookmakers fancying 10 Liverpool players to open the scoring over the former England captain. It’s 7/2 for Rooney to score anytime, while Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are both priced at 4/1.

Predicted Score: Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Shot-shy Toffees. Everton have only scored eight goals in their eight Premier League games under Allardyce, drawing a blank in three of their last four. A striker has to be top of the shopping list in January, but until a goalscorer arrives a Liverpool clean sheet looks tempting at 11/10.

2

We fancy:

Liverpool to win to nil at 11/8. With the visitors struggling for goals and the Anfield crowd behind them, the Reds are favourites for this tie. Betting on Klopp’s side to win to nil could be a good way to improve your odds on the home win.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Everton to win from behind at 18/1. The Toffees managed to salvage a point despite being second best for much of the game in December. It’d be an impressive achievement if they can go one better and recover from going behind to progress to the next round.

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Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!