Everton v Liverpool: Reds to gift Rodgers centenary victory
Brendan Rodgers 100th Premier League game as Liverpool boss comes in Saturday’s Merseyside derby and given the Reds’ superior form and stranglehold over Everton in this inter-city rivalry, the Northern Irishman should be able to celebrate his centenary with three points.
Although Roberto Martinez dressed up Everton’s 1-0 away win over Crystal Palace as the ‘start of their season’, the final day of January felt a little late to be kicking things off.
That victory was only the Toffees’ second in 14 games and their first in nine across all competitions so it’s unsurprising they sit six points off the top half in 12th.
The arrival of a buoyant Liverpool side in the midst of their best run of form this season is far from perfect timing for Everton, especially given the blue half’s terrible record in Premier League Merseyside derbies in recent times.
Liverpool‘s loss at Goodison Park in 2010 was their only defeat in 16, while they’ve found a groove away from home of late too, winning four of five in the league and seven of eight in all competitions.
Since switching to a 3-4-3 the Reds’ defence has taken on a fresh robustness, with Simon Mignolet finally showing his doubters the reason Rodgers signed him as well.
Only three goals have been seeped in seven matches and two of those were penalties.
With five goals in seven Liverpool appearances as a substitute Daniel Sturridge scoring last looks a peach at 9/2, especially as he has now bagged five in his last six against Everton and will probably be left on the bench again.
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