Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Everyone may be talking about Liverpool’s battle with Manchester City for the Premier League crown, but you’d be foolish to overlook the skills and potential of Everton. They proved in their overwhelming victory over Cardiff that they are far from an afterthought in any contest.
They are, however, inconsistent. And consistency is exactly what Liverpool need if they want to remain at the top of the title hunt. Everton are not just going against any Liverpool side, after all. They are going up against one with absolute motivation to get the job done. You only have to look at what they did in their last league match against Watford – a team that recently bested Everton – to see just how devastating they can be.
There’s no mercy in the fight for the Premier League top spot, but Liverpool would be equally wise to be wary of a cagey Everton side.
Everton vs Liverpool Prediction: Everton 0-2 Liverpool
The Reds have simply performed better and gotten better result consistently than Everton. Just look at the ease with which Liverpool bested teams that have beaten Everton to see why this is the case. In usual circumstances, we would say that a draw is a serious possibility. It’s something several teams have achieved against Liverpool, and not outside of Everton’s abilities.
However, this match is anything but usual. That’s because Liverpool are out there going for gold, meaning they will likely bring their A-game – one that’s hard to beat. With that in mind, our scoreline prediction is 2-0 in the favour of Liverpool.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool win to nil
In the top spot of the Premier League table – sitting eight places and 33 points ahead of their opponents –, it’s no surprise that Liverpool are the clear favourites here. They come into this contest with a 60% win probability to Everton’s 17%, making a bet on the away side a safe one. Ladbrokes give the Reds low-risk match odds of 6/10, compared to the higher-risk 9/2 odds on an Everton upset. However, for a higher potential ROI, we recommend you predict that Liverpool will be just as dominant as they were against Watford to win to nil, as Ladbrokes have 17/10 odds on this result.
The previous matches between Everton and Liverpool provide the best possible argument why a home team victory is so unlikely. The Toffees last bested Liverpool way back in 2010, which is well over a dozen matches ago. They’ve managed to draw on many occasions, but could never get the job done, with their last match going 1-0 to Liverpool.
This may show that Everton have proved historically tough to beat. However, the fact is their opponents have managed it on many occasions, or at least got a point out of the fixture. Overall, history does not look kindly on the possibility of an Everton win in this contest.
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Players to watch: Gylfi Sigurðsson & Trent Alexander-Arnold
Everton: Gylfi Sigurðsson
If Everton want to shake off fan expectations and really take it to Liverpool, they will need to rely on the likes of Gylfi Sigurðsson. The Icelandic player reminded everyone of his skills in Everton’s successful outing against Cardiff – scoring once in each half. He might not be as famous as some of the top goalscorers in the league, but the man can match the stats of all but the very elite. If you’re looking for a key to victory, he may be it.
Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold
He returned to the side against Watford and, boy, did Trent Alexander-Arnold leave an impression. Registering three assists in the same game is an achievement only a trio of players in the past can claim. He’s clearly proven himself to be a vital cog in the Liverpool goal-scoring machine. He might not get the goals but to see where they come from, keep an eye out for Trent Alexander-Arnold.