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Everton vs Liverpool FCApril 24, 2024, 3:00 PM EDT
Everton odds+580
Liverpool odds-233
Over\Under3 -120/+102

Everton vs Liverpool FC. Shape of the Teams

The Merseyside Derby might not be the most exhilarating at the moment due to the disparity of realities between the two rivals, but it remains a match that demands attention.

Even with a point deduction imposed by the Premier League, Everton has had a good season compared to their usual performance standards. Under the resilient, no-frills guidance of Sean Dyche, a seasoned stalwart of English football, Everton has seen the rise of several standout performers. One of them is Amadou Onana, who has become a pivotal figure in Everton’s midfield.

Everton struggles defensively against elite opposition but has often secured draws against solid mid-table sides like Newcastle and Brighton. Recent victories over Nottingham Forest and Burnley have eased any lingering relegation fears.

Everton last won the derby in 2021, which will add to their motivation to win this edition. However, this match also holds sentimental value for Liverpool, as it will be the last derby under Klopp before his departure in a few months.

At the same time, Liverpool is under pressure to clinch a win to stay competitive in the Premier League title race. Currently, Arsenal leads the table (on goal difference), but Manchester City would be back to first – assuming they win the match they still have in hand. Just like City and Arsenal, the elimination of the clubs in European competitions means the managers can now fully shift their focus to the Premier League.

Liverpool have been warned – they can’t afford to drop any more points. They lost their number one spot after the 1-1 draw against Manchester United. As Manchester will host Nottingham and Arsenal will be playing a derby against Chelsea, this will be the perfect opportunity to reclaim the lead in the EPL. 

Everton vs Liverpool FC Match Info

Everton vs Liverpool FC, Odds

This is Klopp’s last Merseyside Derby, but it will be far from an easy one. Liverpool’s opponent is not only Everton but also Sean Dyche. Known for his old-school, no-frills managerial approach, Dyche’s preference for a gritty 4-4-2 formation – emphasizing direct, long-ball tactics – aims to mentally and physically wear down opponents.

This game will be no different – Everton will look to frustrate their eternal rivals in the low block. These derbies always provide an extra reason for players to believe in their game plan.

Dele Alli, Coleman and Beto will miss the clash, but this will not stop Sean Dyche from fielding Branthwaite, who has been leading the Evertonian defence and has impressed the entire country. Bradley will also miss the clash with Liverpool’s side – the question is whether Everton could use the back of Wataru Endo as a pressing trigger in transitions. Liverpool has characteristically played “faster” up the pitch, which also means that transitions would be the way to go for Everon – that’s all they want.

Konaté is expected to be rested as it is a mid-week clash – he’s usually reserved for the more critical fixtures. This would mean that Quansah would start next to Virgil Van Dijk. However, this might tempt Everton to probe the right flank in transitions, as Trent’s adventures up the pitch could leave Quansah vulnerable in a 1v2 situation. 

Despite these strategic setups, Everton’s track record against top-tier sides is horrendous, largely due to a gap in squad quality compared to the elites

If anyone has the confidence to take the risks and tear Everton apart, it most definitely would be Liverpool. 

Unlike Everton, Liverpool are a high-scoring side which often boosts the squad’s morale. The team’s philosophy embraces risk-taking, opening up the game and potentially disorienting opponents with their aggressive style. Unlike the more calculated methodologies of rivals like Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta, Liverpool operates under the belief that embracing risk paves the path to victory.

Everton vs Liverpool FC Betting Tip

Seeing Calvert-Lewin alone up top means that it is unlikely to see him score. His main offensive partner will be Doucouré, and against a backline of four, this reduces the chances for aggressive forward pushes.

More importantly, Liverpool’s spirit is rarely matched. Taking into account that the players know they’re running for the Premier League, they will give their all. This intensity, especially in a derby context, makes Liverpool a formidable opponent that’s difficult to hold back. 

With Luis Diaz expected to start with Diego Jota up front, we will see a duo that tends to move blocks around – which just so happens to be the foundation of Everton. Once that barrier is gone, everything falls like a castle of cards.

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