Everton vs Liverpool by Luke
Everton managed to walk away with a three pointer in front of own fans last Tuesday evening, as the team managed to get a 2:1 victory over Arsenal, even though the Gunners were the first one to take the lead in 20th minute with a goal from Sanchez.
Visiting side remained somehow with more ball possession, however home team looked very efficient with the chances they had. They managed to level up the result just before the halftime whistle with a goal from Coleman, while they surprised the visiting team in 86th minute with a goal from Williams, just when the Gunners were attacking a bit desperately. In last moments of the game, defender Jagielka got red card, but the most important thing is that they walked away with a three pointer after a run of five matches without a victory. Everton is now at eight position with twenty-three points earned, having quite a difference from Europa League placed sides and needs a victory here.
Everton should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Lennon, Lukaku and Valencia as forwards. Defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic (no appearance so far in the season) is injured, as well as defender Matthew Pennington (0/0) and offensive midfielder Yannick Bolasie (13/1). Central defender Phil Jagielka (14/0) is suspended.
Liverpool, on the other side, managed to bounce back to positive ways after two negative results (defeat to Bournemouth and a draw at home against West Ham), as they won away to Middlesbrough with a 3:0 result showing more one of better performances in recent weeks.
Lallana opened up the opponent in 29th minute with a leading goal, with the Reds continuing to have much more of the ball possession, but the hosts weren't naive on counters either. Still, the visiting team had better chances created and looked way more threatening, scoring two more goals in the repetition, via Origii and again by Lallana. Thanks to this victory, Liverpool is now at second position together with Arsenal, having already nine points less than Chelsea but a game less played too, meaning that this remains a must win match for them.
Liverpool is set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Mane and Firmino as wingers, plus Origi as central striker most likely. Central defender Mamadou Sakho and offensive midfielder Danny Ings continue to miss from the start, while midfielder Marko Grujic (2/0) remains unfit with midfielder Philippe Coutinho (13/5) being injured. Doubtful are Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can, but could be involved for some time here.
- Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).
Everton comes from a morale boosting victory at home against Arsenal during the midweek and they will be trying to impress here and use the momentum. They are undefeated at home and Liverpool will be having hell of a task in order to get a three pointer here. Overall, I expect an open game from both sides ending with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals easier than the odds suggest.